WISIONS of Sustainability
Our mission is to empower individuals and communities to transform the production and use of energy so that it effectively enables sustainable development. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.
A Community Energy Centre And Eco Sustainability Park In Independencia, Chile
News from WISIONS posted on September 24th, 2018
Independencia has a population of 800,000 living in an area of 7 km². A variety of initiatives are already in place to demonstrate renewable energy possibilities in the area; examples include the construction of solar kitchens and the installation of a hundred solar cookers.
It is envisaged that the Eco Sustainability Park will not only include the construction of the Community Energy Centre, but also a nursery school and a recycling centre. More than 10,000 inhabitants in the densely-populated local neighbourhood, primarily working-class, are expected to benefit from the services offered.
Recently, our local project partner (the Municipality of Independencia) carried out the following activities:
- The definition of a detailed baseline survey on criteria, including local energy consumption, waste generation, commercial activities and population development.
- The design of an innovative "Compact2" biodigester to be installed at the project site; once the system is up and running, training sessions on operation, maintenance and monitoring will be delivered.
- The calculation and quantification of environmental and economic benefits of the biodigester at the Community Energy Centre.
The project team has also presented their project at three "Climate Change Academies" in the Los Lagos, Antofagasta and Valparaíso regions. Read more about this here (Spanish only).
Next project steps include the installation of the biogas system and training sessions for future users and the local community, as well as the design and delivery of educational materials to be used at schools and universities.
Find more general information on our SEPS project page: Community Energy Center and Eco Sustainability Park in the Municipality of Independencia
Wind Empowerment Webinar: "A Market Assessment For Small Wind Turbines In Nepal"
News from WISIONS posted on September 17th, 2018
More than 2.7 million people in Nepal are still without access to electricity, with the majority of these people living in hard to reach rural areas. Nepal is one of the world’s most mountainous countries, making infrastructure projects such as grid extension difficult and sometimes prohibitively costly. As a result there is a pressing need to develop and implement off-grid generation projects to serve the needs of the rural population.
In March and April of 2018, Wind Empowerment members Alfred Alsop and Kimon Silwal carried out a national market assessment for small wind turbines in Nepal. The project, with support from WISIONS and the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) of Nepal, aimed to build upon previous national market assessments carried out by Wind Empowerment members in order to indicate how and where small wind turbines might best contribute to electrification efforts in the country, whilst identifying the opportunities and barriers for implementation and recommending the necessary next steps to optimise the sector. The project included expert interviews, techno-economic modelling and mapping, and a knowledge exchange workshop.
Alfred Alsop and Kimon Silwal will present the results and experiences in an upcoming webinar on 26 September 2018, 5 PM GMT+1. Register now!
New Article: Impact Pathways Of Small-Scale Energy Projects In The Global South
News from WISIONS posted on September 11th, 2018
Access to clean and affordable modern energy services has been widely recognised as a significant factor for enabling social and economic development. It is assumed that stand-alone systems and mini-grids play an important role in the provision of sustainable energy to those people who currently lack access to it. Accordingly, an increasing number of small-scale energy projects are being implemented in developing countries and emerging economies. However, despite the large number of such energy development projects, only limited evidence exists about the actual contribution these projects make to sustainable development.
This paper addresses this research gap by providing a systematic assessment of three selected impact pathways based on the evaluation of over 30 small-scale sustainable energy projects. Applying a theory-based evaluation approach in the form of a contribution analysis, the aim of this research is to better understand if and how these types of technical interventions can create development outcomes and impacts.
The results show that technological issues are often not the most decisive factor in achieving development effects, but that embedding the technology in a set of actions that address social, cultural, economic and environmental aspects is essential.
Read or download the article: Impact Pathways of Small-Scale Energy Projects In The Global South – Findings from a Systematic Evaluation