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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Demonstrating The Potential Of Integrating A Micro Hydro Solar Hybrid System With The National Grid

News from WISIONS posted on April 18th, 2018

One of our SEPS projects in India aimed to integrate an existing micro hydro power unit into the national grid to prevent it from becoming non-operational and to demonstrate the potential of a grid-connected micro hydro solar hybrid system.Read moreMinimize

Access to reliable electricity is a significant contributor for better living conditions, sustainable development and economic growth in rural areas. Lack of this access has negative impacts on education, health, employment and irrigation – touching many aspects of life and livelihood. Micro grids have often been applied to bring electrification to remote rural areas in developing countries; they usually use local renewable energy sources, such us solar, wind, hydro or biomass. Micro grids often operate in isolation from the central grid or off-grid, but the extension of the central grids to rural areas provides opportunities to interconnect existing micro grids with national or regional electricity infrastructure.

In India, evidence shows that villagers often choose to adopt a connection to the grid. Interconnection of the micro-grids with the national grid can offer local people a more reliable electricity supply, it can ensure the sustainability of micro-generation systems, and it may provide an opportunity for operators or local community to increase revenue by selling surplus electricity to the utility.

WISIONS' project partners Ashden India Renewable Energy Collective (AIREC) have concluded their activities, which started in October 2015. These included:

  • Successful socialisation activities within the communities
  • The technical assessment of an existing micro hydro plant
  • The design and supply of a 5 kW solar PV power plant
  • Various civil works (renovation of micro hydro plant, installation/connection of solar PV power plant)
  • The design and supply of an intelligent circuit controller system (managing the available electricity)
  • The connection to a 415 V Main Board to support grid connectivity

This is the first project of its kind in India (integrating a very small hydro project with a) solar technologies and b) to the national grid). The successful demonstration of this system will facilitate the replication of such plants in North-Eastern states and other states in India.


Workshop: A Country Level Market Assessment for Small Wind Turbines in Nepal

News from WISIONS posted on April 9th, 2018

With the support of WISIONS, KAPEG aims to strengthen small wind turbine technology in Nepal by conducting a detailed national market assessment for small wind turbines and consolidating existing experience in the development and implementation of small wind turbines in the country.Read moreMinimize

Wind has historically struggled to find a place in rural electrification in Nepal, being often overshadowed by hugely successful micro-hydro power and a recent widespread use of solar photovoltaic systems. Meanwhile, the country does exhibit significant wind resources, especially in the immense mountaineous regions that dominate the north of the country.

This SEPS project aims to quantify the potential market in Nepal, while identifying the existing barriers and bottlenecks to growth. Once these barriers are identified KAPEG hopes to formulate and implement recommendations and guidelines to improve the enabling environment for small wind stakeholders.

The project is being conducted in three phases:

  • Stakeholder interview campaign (identifying difficulties in planning, implementation and maintenance)
  • Geospatial and techno-economic modelling (to quantify the market potential and identify suitable locations)
  • Stakeholder engagement workshop (to draw on previous results to make final recommendations)

Recently, the project team has conducted the stakeholder interviews in Kathmandu; finished visiting six wind solar hybrid systems across Nepal while collecting data from the end users; and accumulated most of the data necessary for the market assessment (like available wind and solar resources, population data, etc.).

All the collected data are currently being analysed and will be presented at a final market assessment workshop on 18th April 2018 from 9:30am to 3:10pm (Nepal time) at Yalamaya Kendra, Patandhoka, Lalitpur, Nepal. If you would like to attend, please register here.


The Minigrid Game – A Participatory Gaming Approach to Community Energy Planning

News from WISIONS posted on March 28th, 2018

One of our SEPS exchange activities aimed to increase community understanding of minigrid design, management and operation via a novel approach: a role-playing game built around the representation of a minigrid system, intended to be used as an educational and collaborative planning tool. The project has now been successfully concluded.Read moreMinimize

This knowledge exchange programme led by ENACT targeted rural communities, energy access practitioners and the broader energy access community through a series of workshops in rural villages in East Malaysia, an online workshop with South and Southeast Asian energy practitioners, and an active online campaign publicising The Minigrid Game.

The community workshops were well received and the three selected communities found the gaming process novel, engaging, easy to use, and fun. Community members reported an improved understanding of their individual and collective electricity consumption and of the limitations of their minigrid’s capacity, as well as finding the game useful for practicing household energy budgeting and methods for improved system cost recovery.

Through pre­workshop social mapping and game facilitation, the project team was able to observe how community members interacted with one another and how they made individual and collective decisions that represented or aligned with their community protocols or rules of conduct, value systems and existing governance structures and institutions.

The online practitioner workshop organised in cooperation with the Hydro Empowerment Network gave the project team and practitioners the opportunity to share experiences and exchange lessons learnt from community energy planning and engagement activities. For practitioners, the workshop also presented the opportunity to try the game for themselves.

The online campaign was conducted using a dedicated website with videos featuring the community workshops and social media feeds. The project team initially believed this campaign would snowball naturally and reach the target communities, but it became clear that the support of paid promotion and advertising was necessary. This was the team’s first attempt at running an online campaign of this nature and much knowledge on digital marketing and online campaigning was gained along the way.

More general information on this SEPS Exchange is available here: Exchange: A Participatory Gaming Approach To Community Energy Planning in Southeast Asia: Spreading Best-Practices on Community Engagement


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