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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3 SEPS Projects Featured in New ARE Publication

News from WISIONS posted on December 13th, 2017

ARE – The Alliance for Rural Electrification has recently released a new publication featuring three of our SEPS projects. The brochure is entitled "Access to Energy Services through Renewable Sources in Latin America & the Caribbean".Read moreMinimize

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:

Improving Cacao Production and Processing While Meeting Cooking Fuel Demand in Ecuador (CRECER) 

Solar Mobility in Andean highlands of Argentina 

Removing Barriers to Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in Medium-Scale Agricultural Livestock Activities in Mexico

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

Several micro hydro plants have been installed in the province of Abra in the Philippines since 1995 – however many of them are now suffering from technical, organisational and financial difficulties. One of our SEPS projects aimed to restore and upgrade the Adugao MHP as a demonstration project and develop a working plan to rehabilitate other power plants in the region.Read moreMinimize

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
Furthermore, a tariff system adequate to local financial possibilities has been established (e.g. people in need are able to pay for the service by in-kind payments consisting of rice, following a local tradition of sharing), along with a potentially self-sustaining maintenance and management team. 

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

The workshop takes place on 5th December in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and will bring together practitioners to exchange knowledge and lessons learned about various funding schemes in clean energy and water. The goal is to share experiences about financial models for clean energy adoption in Southeast Asia.Read moreMinimize

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"

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