WISIONS Webinar Series

Webinar 5: Alternative Financing Ideas For Small-Scale Renewable Energy 15.11.2018

Webinar 4: Great Expectations: Productive Uses Of Energy Off The Grid" – 09.07.2018

Webinar 3: Beyond Cooking: Biodigesters For Family Farming In The Global South – 28.05.2018

Webinar 2: What If The Grid Arrives? - How Off-Grid Renewable Energy Projects Have Adapted To Grid Arrival 19.04.18

Webinar 1: Stronger Together: Why Networks Of Energy Access Practitioners Matter – 18.01.18


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On 15 November 2018 WISIONS hosted the fifth in a series of webinars 2018. It was entitled:

"Alternative Financing Ideas For Small-Scale Renewable Energy"

Watch the recording here.


Financing is always top of mind for energy practitioners working on small-scale renewable energy projects. Many organisations struggle by year on year with project funding, which limits the sustainability of many small-scale renewable energy efforts. Undeterred, however, non-profit organisations and social businesses are looking for novel solutions to the financing challenge, solutions that are essential for achieving the SDGs and climate goals.

The speakers in this webinar have been at the forefront of finding creative, innovative ways to finance energy practitioners’ critical work. We learned about alternative financing from multiple perspectives: Nexus for Development will speak about their major finance mapping report Financing Renewable Energy in South East Asia; bettervest talked about its work as a crowd investing platform for renewable energy projects; and Winrock International Nepal told us about its work as a project developer and long-standing cooperation partner of WISIONS. 

Speakers:
Zita de Pooter, Grants and Membership Manager, Nexus for Development
Rohit Sen, Strategic Cooperation and Business Development Manager, bettervest
Badri Nath Baral, Director-REPSO Nepal, Winrock International

Moderator
Molly Hurley Depret

Download all individual slides of the presentations here: WISIONS Webinar Alternative Financing Slides

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On 9th July 2018, WISIONS hosted the fourth in a series of webinars 2018. It was entitled:

“Great Expectations: Productive Uses Of Energy Off The Grid”

Watch the recording here.

Great expectations abound for the so-called “productive uses of energy”. These uses of energy go well beyond solar lamps and cell phone charging. They aim to fundamentally improve livelihoods for people living beyond the grid by powering computers, agricultural machinery, and more.

Funders increasingly support energy projects and programmes that use energy productively. The assumption is that using energy for productive uses will enhance social and economic development and help reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The productive uses of energy could certainly help to reach these goals, as many examples attest. However, systematic evidence of these outcomes and impacts is still limited and questions remain:

Which complementary services are necessary to establish productive uses? Do productive uses of energy contribute to social and economic development? Why do many energy projects fall short to establish productive activities? Is there a tipping point for the amount of energy that will have the greatest impact? Which “productive” activities should be supported, and who will benefit?

In this webinar we have discussed these important questions and also given an overview of the current state of evidence on productive uses of energy and learned about pitfalls and successes along the way to improving livelihoods across the Global South.

Speakers

Moderator
Molly Hurley Depret

Download all individual slides of the presentations here: WISIONS Webinar Great Expectations All Slides

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On 28th May 2018, WISIONS hosted the third in a series of webinars 2018. It was entitled:

Beyond Cooking: Biodigesters For Family Farming In The Global South

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In this third edition of our webinar series, we discussed how biodigesters and biogas can support farmers to increase the efficiency of their farm and improve their wellbeing.

Biodigesters are best known for cooking and several national programmes have successfully promoted it for this purpose. But biodigesters are more than that. They can help to improve the livelihoods of rural households in the Global South by treating organic waste, improving management of soil nutrients, providing clean energy and organic fertilizer, to name just a few of their advantages.

 Are the benefits of biogas and biodigesters being deployed by farmers? If so, where is this happening? Which gaps/missing links can hinder the uptake of this technology? Lastly, how can family farmers be better supported to take advantage of biogas and biodigesters?

Speakers
Alex Eaton, Founder of SistemaBio 
Lylian Rodriguez, RedBioCOL
Willington Ortiz, WISIONS / Wuppertal Institute
Kevin Kinusu, Kenya Biogas Program

Moderator
Molly Hurley Depret

Download all individual slides of the presentations here: WISIONS Webinar Beyond Cooking All Slides 
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On 19th April 2018, WISIONS hosted the second in a series of webinars 2018. It was entitled:

What If The Grid Arrives? – How Off-Grid Renewable Energy Projects Have Adapted To Grid Arrival

Watch the recording here.

Off-grid renewable energy projects sometimes remain off-grid in the long-term. But in some cases, the national electricity grids reach these areas, leaving communities, governments, and other stakeholders with major decisions to make.

How can small-scale renewable energy projects adapt and plan for national grid expansion? What will become of these stand-alone renewable energy systems or micro-grid solutions? Will they sustain and survive? Can and shall they become connected to the grid? What are preconditions and challenges? And how can communities with off-grid systems best plan and prepare for this possibility?

In this webinar, we have shed light on the experiences faced across the global south through case studies and heared first-hand what happens when the grid arrives.

Moderator: Molly Hurley Depret

Speakers:
Chris Greacen, Palang Thai (further links to his books, see below)
Rebecca Leaf, Association of Rural Development Workers
Junaed Tazdik, IDCOL Assistant Manager, SHS Program
Mafruda Rahman, Green Climate Fund (GCF) unit of IDCOL

All the individual slides of the recording above are also available here: WISIONS Webinar GridArrival All ppts190418light

Links to related literature:

http://tiny.cc/BottomUp
http://tiny.cc/gridarrival

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On 18th January 2018, WISIONS hosted the first in a series of several webinars. It was entitled

Stronger Together: Why Networks Of Energy Access Practitioners Matter

Access to energy has the potential to change lives across the Global South, and it is enshrined in Sustainable Development Goal 7. But often efforts are fragmented, and the same mistakes are repeated. That’s where networks of energy practitioners come in.

Energy practitioners are spearheading efforts to make sure that those most at risk of being ‘left behind’ are included. Their work in the field, academia, development institutions and in communities means that they have in-depth knowledge of the requirements, conditions, and challenges of ensuring sustainable energy access. Mobilizing their knowledge and expertise is essential to achieving SDG 7 and supporting many other SDGs for people and the planet.

Moderator: Molly Hurley Depret

Speakers:
Jem Porcaro, Senior Director for Energy Access, UN Foundation
Willington Ortiz Orozco, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
Dipti Vaghela, Hydro Empowerment Network Coordinator and Fulbright Public Policy Fellow
Mariela Pino, RedBioLAC Coordinator
Harihara Mohapatra, COO, Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN)

All the individual slides of the recording above are also available here: ALL SLIDES Webinar1 WISIONS 18012018