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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Article “Small-Scale Energy Projects in the Global South” Published in New LCS-RNet Brochure

News from WISIONS posted on April 10th, 2017

The publication “Realising long-term transitions towards low carbon societies” features 24 articles based on presentations made at the Annual Meeting of the Low Carbon Society Research Network (LCS-RNet), which was hosted by the Wuppertal Institute in September 2016. Read moreMinimize

The LCS-RNet acts as a forum aimed at fostering research and policymaking to jointly achieve decarbonised energy systems in countries around the world.  

Published as a "Wuppertal Spezial" (No. 53), the brochure covers topics such as governance for the long-term transition towards low carbon economies, policy instruments for financing decarbonisation and the provision of integrated strategies for achieving long-term sustainability.

As part of the network, the WISIONS of sustainability initiative and its supporting scheme SEPS (Sustainable Energy Project Support) have been making a valuable contribution to these goals for over a decade. Representatives from WISIONS gave a presentation at the meeting and contributed an article, “Small-scale energy projects in the global south”, to the LCS-RNet brochure (p. 30-32).

Download your free copy of the brochure here.


Community-Managed Energy Service for Vegetable Market Chain

News from WISIONS posted on April 7th, 2017

On many farms in Nepal surface irrigation systems are not feasible, as water sources are below ground level. In these locations farmers can only produce one crop due to the lack of year-round irrigation, resulting in low productivity and income. One of our SEPS projects aims to introduce photovoltaic pumping systems for irrigation, in order to increase both production levels and the variety of crops grown. Read moreMinimize
This project aims to establish an innovative business model consisting of impact investment and grants, to facilitate a community-managed irrigation system. During the recent project phase, detailed feasibility studies of three prospective sites were completed and two sites were eventually selected for installation of the pumping systems: Aarubastar, Salang VDC-09, Dhading; and Basan, Chatiwan VDC-02, Makwanpur.

The financing model was discussed and clarified between the communities and cooperatives and an agreement between the financer (SunFarmer), farmer groups and local cooperatives has been concluded. Furthermore, the most appropriate vegetables for cultivation at the project sites have been identified. The photovoltaic pumping systems are currently being installed in Dhading and Makwanpur, with the construction works monitored by Practical Action and other NGOs.

Read more about this project on our SEPS page: Community Managed Energy Service for Vegetable Market Chain.


Hydro Empowerment Network Introduces New Working Groups

News from WISIONS posted on April 3rd, 2017

The Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNET) recently introduced its new working groups for 2017. These groups include members from across 14 countries of South and Southeast Asia and present an opportunity for harnessing the synergy between network members and partners, enabling them to work co-operatively to bring about tangible outputs, such as knowledge-based products, exchanges and strategy.Read moreMinimize

HPNET's working groups are formed during their annual gatherings, using a facilitation technique that allows each member to voice his/her priorities, identify members with similar interests and formalise the groups. During the gathering, each group identifies its overarching goal and develops objectives and activities for the year. Thereafter, all HPNET members and partners are invited to join the groups, and the groups refine and embark on their annual work plans.

Please visit HPNET's website for more information on the newly established working groups.


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