WISIONS of Sustainability

The main objective of WISIONS is to make clean energy a default solution for basic energy needs in developing regions, by helping local partners to identify successes and bring them to scale through regional networks, marketing and demonstration. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.

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Micro Hydro Power in Nepal

News from WISIONS posted on November 17th, 2014

One of our recent SEPS projects in Nepal, which aims to demonstrate the optimum utilisation and sustainability of micro hydro plants, is already making progress. Poor electricity access is identified as one of the most hindering factors for the rural population in Nepal and Orissa State in India. Decentralised energy services like micro hydro power plants (MHPs) could be the immediate solution for increasing energy access in remote locations. Read moreMinimize

As a first step, two project inception meetings in India and Nepal were organised in order to launch the project. Local experts, stakeholders, villagers and media attendees gathered to gain knowledge of the scheduled course of action. Subsequently, the project staff visited several potential project sites and eventually selected three in Nepal (Nishi VDC, Baglung; Bachha VDC, Baglung and Boharagaun VDC, Baglung) and two in India (Koraput district, Odisha and Vishakapatanam district, Andra Pardesh).

In order to collect information on electricity supply of local households and the performance of existing micro hydro plants, different suveys were undertaken. During „Participatory Market System Development“ workshops at all five project sites, stakeholders learned how to identify obstacles and take advantage of potential opportunites to improve market conditions for everyone.

Find out more about this SEPS project on our project page


SEPS Exchange: „Renewable Energy Practice-to-Policy Dialogue“ in Yangon, Myanmar

News from WISIONS posted on November 10th, 2014

The workshop „Micro hydro and decentralized renewable energy for Myanmar“ will take place from 24 - 28 November 2014 in Yangon, Myanmar. The event is part of one of our SEPS exchange activitives and will be hosted by the Renewable Energy Association of Myanmar (REAM) and the Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNet).Read moreMinimize

Historically, Myanmar’s rural electrification efforts have not emphasized micro hydro or other types of decentralized energy generation as a key solution. When properly executed though, micro-hydropower is a cost-effective renewable energy resource that builds the capacity and leverages the participation of local communities to sustainably address their own energy needs.

This workshops seeks to inspire Myanmar’s policymakers, small power producers and rural development actors to take a closer look at proven decentralized renewable energy (DRE) strategies in the region, as they initiate their own energy planning processes. The workshop will give Myanmar’s decision-makers and key stakeholders an opportunity to interface with the key actors of successful micro hydro programs in Indonesia, Nepal and Sri Lanka, in order to strategize a way forward for small power producers in Myanmar using DRE, especially community-scale micro-hydropower.

For more information on this SEPS exchange activity, please follow this (link). To find out more about the Hydro Empowerment Network, please click (here). 


Solar and Wind Based Irrigation Systems in Northern Colombia

News from WISIONS posted on November 4th, 2014

A "Techno-Economic Feasibility Study of Solar and Wind Based Irrigation Systems in Northern Colombia" has just been published on the website of sciforum and is part of the online conference "4th World Sustainability Forum" from 1 – 30 November 2014. The author of the study has been supervised by the WISIONS team during his research.Read moreMinimize

Water pumping systems powered by solar and wind energy are a clean, decentralized and economic alternative for the irrigation of crops. The intense droughts experienced in the last years in Northern Colombia due to particularly strong Niño Phenomena have reactivated the need of reliable water pumping irrigation systems in that region. This study aims to assess the techno economic feasibility of solar and wind based pumping irrigation system, taking as case study the Municipality of Piojó in the Atlántico department.

You can find a presentation of the study, along with a full pdf version, on the website of sciforum. The online conference "4th World Sustainability Forum" provides a platform for rapid and direct exchanges about the latest research findings, as well as a possibility for global meetings with no limitations related to traveling. Find out more about the conference here.


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