WISIONS Webinar Series

Webinar 1: Stronger Together: Why Networks of Energy Access Practitioners Matter - 18.01.18

Webinar 2: What if the grid arrives? - How off-grid renewable energy projects have adapted to grid arrival - 19.04.18

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

See  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 Benjamin Linder (ATDER-BL, Nicaragua)
Junaed Tazdik, IDCOL Assistant Manager, SHS Program
Mafruda Rahman, Green Climate Fund (GCF)

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


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.

In principle, off-grid mini-grids powered by micro-hydro, solar PV or by combination of renewable energy technologies (hybrid generation) can be connected to the national grid. However, many technical, regulatory, and management challenges remain.

For other solutions, such as solar home systems, the question is whether they are sustainable and might be a good and independent alternative to the grid – especially if the grid does not offer stable service.

In the worst case, however, the grid's arrival can lead to the abandonment of off-grid systems and a loss not only of the financial and resource investments, but possibly also of jobs, technical know-how, and autonomy.

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?

Links to linked 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