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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A Community Energy Center And Eco Sustainability Park In Independencia, Chile

News from WISIONS posted on September 24th, 2018

One of our SEPS projects seeks to implement a Community Energy Center within an Eco Sustainability Park in Independencia, Chile. This Center will provide an educational space on renewable energy for all local communities within the municipality and for other interested parties. Read moreMinimize

Independencia has a population of 800,000 living within an area of 7 km². A variety of initiatives are already in place to demonstrate renewable energy possibilities in the area; examples include the construction of a number of solar kitchens and the installation of one hundred solar cookers. The foreseen Eco Sustainability Park will not only include the construction of the Community Energy Center but also a nursery school and a recycling centre. More than 10,000 inhabitants in the densely populated local neighborhood, primarily working-class, are expected to benefit from the services offered.

Recently, our local project partner (the Municipality of Independencia) has implemented the following activities:

  • The definition of a detailed baseline survey on several factors, including local energy consumption, waste generation, commercial activities and population development
  • The design of an innovative "Compact2" biodigester to be installed at the project site; once the system is up and operational there will be training sessions on operation, maintenance and monitoring
  • The calculation and quantification of environmental and economic benefits of the biodigester at the Community Energy Center

The project team has also presented their project at three "Climate Change Academies" in Los Lagos, Antofagasta and Valparaíso regions. Read more about this here (Spanish only).

Next project steps include the installation of the biogas system, training sessions for future users and the local community, as well as the design and delivery of educational materials to be used at schools and universities.

Find more general information on our SEPS project page: Community Energy Center and Eco Sustainability Park in the Municipality of Independencia


Wind Empowerment Webinar: "A Market Assessment For Small Wind Turbines In Nepal"

News from WISIONS posted on September 17th, 2018

The Wind Empowerment Network is hosting a free webinar entitled "A Market Assessment For Small Wind Turbines In Nepal" on 26 September 2018, 5 PM GMT+1. Register now!Read moreMinimize

More than 2.7 million people in Nepal are still without access to electricity, with the majority of these people living in hard to reach rural areas. Nepal is one of the world’s most mountainous countries, making infrastructure projects such as grid extension difficult and sometimes prohibitively costly. As a result there is a pressing need to develop and implement off-grid generation projects to serve the needs of the rural population.

In March and April of 2018, Wind Empowerment members Alfred Alsop and Kimon Silwal carried out a national market assessment for small wind turbines in Nepal. The project, with support from WISIONS and the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) of Nepal, aimed to build upon previous national market assessments carried out by Wind Empowerment members in order to indicate how and where small wind turbines might best contribute to electrification efforts in the country, whilst identifying the opportunities and barriers for implementation and recommending the necessary next steps to optimise the sector. The project included expert interviews, techno-economic modelling and mapping, and a knowledge exchange workshop.

Alfred Alsop and Kimon Silwal will present the results and experiences in an upcoming webinar on 26 September 2018, 5 PM GMT+1. Register now!


New Article: Impact Pathways Of Small-Scale Energy Projects In The Global South

News from WISIONS posted on September 11th, 2018

The WISIONS team has published a new article entitled "Impact Pathways of Small-Scale Energy Projects In The Global South – Findings from a Systematic Evaluation" in the journal "Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews". Read or download it here.Read moreMinimize

Access to clean and affordable modern energy services has been widely recognised as a significant factor for enabling social and economic development. Stand-alone systems and mini-grids are presumed to play an important role in the provision of sustainable energy to those people who currently lack access. Accordingly, an increasing number of small-scale energy projects are being implemented in developing countries and emerging economies. However, despite the large number of energy development projects, only limited evidence exists about the actual contribution they make to sustainable development.

This paper addresses this research gap by providing a systematic assessment of three selected impact pathways based on the evaluation of over 30 small-scale sustainable energy projects. Applying a theory-based evaluation approach in the form of a contribution analysis, the aim of this research is to better understand if and how these types of technical interventions can create development outcomes and impacts.

The results show that technological issues are often not the most decisive factor in achieving development effects, but that embedding the technology in a set of actions that address social, cultural, economic and environmental aspects is essential.

Read or download the article: Impact Pathways of Small-Scale Energy Projects In The Global South – Findings from a Systematic Evaluation


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