SEPS – Overview of Previous Rounds

Through SEPS (Sustainable Energy Project Support), WISIONS supports innovative energy projects that are environmentally, economically and socially sound, as well as fostering knowledge exchanges between practitioners.

The main activity and objective of SEPS within WISIONS is the "practical demonstration and testing of technologies and support for active exchanges in target regions. In the last few years, a total of 110 projects in more than 40 countries were selected for practical SEPS support in 14 rounds of applications and a high proportion of these projects have already been implemented. Selection is based on a number of specific criteria to ensure the innovative and sustainable character of the implementation models.

The first five rounds of SEPS (2004-2009) did not focus on specific technologies, needs or regions. In the following three rounds (2010-2012) the calls focused on specific energy needs, such as access to electricity and food issues. Since 2013 the calls have been aligned with WISIONS' pillar of regional partnerships and networks, focusing on specific regions and technologies.

A further new feature of SEPS was introduced in 2013: the support of knowledge exchanges within a region. The goal is to strengthen the capabilities of local organisations involved in the field of sustainable energy projects in the global south by supporting face-to-face exchanges. These can address issues such as technical challenges, financial strategies, managerial capacities, methods of motivating the local population etc.

SEPS Calls

SEPS IX - XIV (2013 to date) - Focus on specific regions and technologies

SEPS XIV – Regional call in Latin America, the Caribbean and South/South East Asia (2016)

SEPS round XIV in 2016 was looking for approaches that facilitate the exchange of knowledge and expertise needed for establishing decentralised energy solutions by strengthening locally-available human and social capacities. The call for proposals addressed the regions of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Southern and South East Asia, which is where our networks RedBioLACRedBioCOLHydro Empowerment Network and Wind Empowerment are active. WISIONS selected four exchange activities as being eligible for support.

SEPS XIII – Regional call in Latin America and the Caribbean (2015)

The second SEPS Call in 2015 focused on project concepts that demonstrate the application of small-scale renewable energy technologies to meet energy-related needs and improve energy access in Latin America and the Caribbean. As in previous calls, in addition to supporting technical project implementation, SEPS was also looking for knowledge exchanges within the target region that address the capacity-building needs of actors and organisations working in the field. WISIONS selected six projects and two exchange activities as being eligible for support.

SEPS XII – Call focusing on Micro Hydro Technologies in Southern and South East Asia (2015)

The first SEPS Call in 2015 focused on micro hydro power (P/MHP) technologies in the region of Southern Asia and South East Asia. This call was linked to the activities of the Hydro Empowerment Network. We were looking for projects that aim to implement, standardise or disseminate innovative and sustainable pico or micro hydro power solutions to meet local energy needs. The call was launched in March and completed in April 2015. WISIONS selected eight projects and four exchange activities as being eligible for support.

SEPS XI – Call focusing on Food Value Chains in Southern and South East Asia (2014)

In SEPS round XI we were looking for project concepts that demonstrate how to apply (small-scale) renewable energy technologies to improve the productivity, environmental performance and social integration of food value chains in the region of Southern and South East Asia. Furthermore, we were also looking for exchange activities to strengthen the capabilities of practitioners and local organizations working in the field of applied renewable energy technologies in these food value chains. The call was launched in September 2014 and completed in January 2015, and WISIONS selected five projects as being eligible for support.

SEPS X – Regional call in Latin America and the Caribbean (2013)

The second SEPS call in 2013 (SEPS X) focused on project concepts that demonstrate how to apply small-scale renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency measures to meet energy-related needs and improve energy access for Latin American and Caribbean people (LAC). As WISIONS promotes two regional networks in LAC; the biogas network RedBioLAC (and its Colombian subsidiary network RedBioCOL) and WindWorks, we were particularly interested in projects and knowledge exchange activities that concentrated on biogas and small wind technologies, but were also receptive to projects that demonstrated the application of other renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency or hybrid approaches. The call was launched in November 2013 and completed in February 2014. WISIONS selected four projects and two exchange activities as being eligible for support.

SEPS IX – Call focusing on Hydro Technology in Southern and South East Asia (2013)

SEPS IX was the first round to focus on a specific technology and region. The regional focus was Southern Asia and South East Asia, while the technical emphasis was on projects that aimed to implement, standardize or disseminate innovative and sustainable pico or micro  hydroelectric power (P/MHP) solutions to meet local energy needs. The call was launched in July and completed in October 2013. WISIONS selected three projects and three exchange activities as being eligible for support.

SEPS VI-VIII (2010 – 2012) - Focus on Energy Needs

From round VI in 2010 to round VIII in 2012, the calls for support focused on specific needs, such as access to electricity (SEPS round VI, 2010, and VIII, 2012) and Food issues (SEPS round VII, 2011). This need orientation was in line with the development of our Technology Radar, which at this time started to give a comprehensive overview of the existing renewable energy technologies and their possible future contribution to meeting basic energy needs.

SEPS VIII (2012) and VI (2010) – Access to Electricity

The focus of SEPS VIII and VI was "Access to Electricity". Background on the issues, as well as examples of existing technologies, their potentials, impacts and development prospects, can be found under Electricity in our Technology Radar and in our brochure "Access to Electricity [pdf]". In round VIII ten projects were selected for support, some of which have already been finalized, while in call VI seven projects were chosen and these have all been completed.

SEPS VII (2011) – Food Issues

The call for applications for SEPS VII was launched in summer 2011 with an August deadline. In total, ten projects were selected, all focusing on food processing technologies, aligning with our  "Food Issues [pdf]" brochure.

SEPS I - V (2004-2009)

The SEPS Energy Project Support programme was introduced in 2004. In the first five rounds of SEPS support (2004-2009) we had one annual SEPS call, with global responses and a high number of applications. The calls in SEPS round I - V had no thematic or regional focus and were open to all project proposals seeking to implement projects in the field of renewable energy. In total, 41 projects were selected as being eligible for support, with a yearly grant fund of € 200,000 to € 500,000 divided among all selected projects. The projects covered various sustainable energy and efficiency technologies, energy-related needs (Water issuesLightingElectricityFood issuesHeating/Cooling) and different regions. The experiences and lessons learned from projects supported by SEPS have been incorporated into WISIONS brochures and the Technology Radar, as well as used to give future calls a thematic focus.