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.
3 SEPS Projects Featured in New ARE Publication
News from WISIONS posted on December 13th, 2017
Statistics indicate that electricity coverage in Latin America and the Caribbean is at present about 97%. However, this means that some 22 million people – about six million households – still lack service. Providing electricity access to these people requires solutions based on an evaluation of factors such as technology, environmental and social context, economic viability and a cost-benefit analysis, and requires the mutual collaboration of both the public and private sectors.
The new report prepared by ARE and commissioned by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) provides valuable reflections and lessons learned on clean energy access projects from the business association perspective. Part of the strategy to reach universal access in the region involves joining forces with other energy access initiatives and networks such as ARE.
The publication features three of WISIONS SEPS Energy Projects:
The publication is available for download on ARE's website.
Rehabilitation and Upgrading of Micro Hydro Plants in the Philippines
News from WISIONS posted on December 11th, 2017
The Adugao power plant is a small 7.5 KW power system built in a remote area in northern Luzon, Philippines. Before its construction in 2000, neighbouring indigenous communities solely relied on firewood for lighting purposes and had never experienced electric power in their lifetimes. 13 years later, the system began to show major signs of wear and bad maintenance.
In 2015, local partner SIBAT with funding from WISIONS started a rehabilitation programme aiming to restore the potential of the Adugao MHP. During the last two years, SIBAT was able to:
- fully restore the power plant, which is now running 24/7
- avoid downtimes of the system by providing constant water flow
- install a load controller and construct reliable concrete canal
The successful project development demonstrated that access to energy can be acquired and sustained through a community-based approach in which the local population formulates and is able to enforce policies to manage and care for an energy system.
More general information on this project is available here: Rehabilitation and Upgrading of an Existing Micro Hydro Power Project in the Province of Abra, the Philippines
WISONS Supports Workshop on Financing Renewable Energy in South East Asia
News from WISIONS posted on November 27th, 2017
Energy entrepreneurs throughout Asia provide a range of technological solutions to address the growing demand for sustainable energy services in the region. These local entrepreneurs service low-income rural populations including farmers, small businesses and households with affordable energy access. However, these enterprises often face a serious constraint that limits their ability to grow: access to affordable capital.
The interactive workshop “Financing renewable energy in South East Asia” is organized by Nexus for Development in cooperation with GERES and S3IDF and with support of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and WISIONS. A total of 50-70 energy entrepreneurs, financiers, and other relevant stakeholders are expected to participate on 5th December 2017 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The workshop will include new research on the financing landscape, an interactive roundtable discussion, a practitioner’s showcasing session, and experts sharing learnings from their successes and failures.
For more information please follow this link: Workshop "Financing Renewable Energy in South East Asia"