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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Conference on Energy Access in Africa

News from WISIONS posted on April 26th, 2013

"Fostering Energy Access in Africa. Challenges and Opportunities for Regional Integration“ is the topic of this year's Potsdam Spring Dialogue 2013 hosted by the German Development and Peace Foundation (Stiftung Entwicklung und Frieden, SEF). It is taking place in Potsdam on April 26-27, 2013 and WISIONS team is participating.Read moreMinimize

The focus of the conference lies on the political and economic framework needed for the uptake of renewable energies in Africa. The conference program states: „The potential afforded by clean, green – in other words, renewable – energies is especially high. Depending on the local geophysical conditions, windhydroand/or solar energy are available in abundance. And yet as much as 82 per cent of Africa's electricity is still generated from fossil fuels, compared with only 16 per cent from renewables. If this ratio is to change, the right political and economic adjustments must be made, for example through taxation, subsidies and incentive schemes, as well as feed-in tariffs and legislation. After all, private investors will only commit to this type of project, alongside public sector donors, if the conditions are right."

More information can be found on the conference website.


SEPS Evaluation Report

News from WISIONS posted on April 2nd, 2013

At the end of 2012, WISIONS evaluated the small-scale energy projects that were supported by Sustainable Energy Project Support (SEPS) from 2004 to 2008. The projects encompass biomass, solar, wind, hydropower and efficient lighting technologies.Read moreMinimize

Although every project was implemented in a different context, the post-evaluation of the individual projects under a common framework provided helpful lessons and recommendations that could also be applied to other project settings.
The overriding result is quite encouraging: more than 75% of the projects are still functioning (see graph). However, the true value of the evaluation lies not in numeric results but in qualitative insights. To give an example: when asked about the most important factors for the long-term sustainability of projects, one interviewee underlined the importance of trust among the different actors involved: "Being in it for the long run has been one success factor – staying in contact and developing the project further, not simply implementing a project and then leaving. Trust and reliability are important factors for the project success …“

Are you interested in finding out more? Please don't hesitate to request your copy of the evaluation report by email (Contact).
We presented the results at the conference "Micro Perspectives for Decentralized Energy Supply„ in Berlin in February. You can download our conference paper here.


LIGHTING - New brochure online

News from WISIONS posted on March 21st, 2013

In the most recently published brochure of the WISIONS Technology Radar "Lighting – Energy Efficient Lighting for Sustainable Development“, we highlighted key aspects of lighting systems for workplaces, homes and outdoor spaces.Read moreMinimize

Lighting plays a key role in our daily lives as well as in commerce and industry worldwide. Supplying ‘artificial' light consumes energy and current lighting solutions present crucial challenges for both local and global sustainable development.

The seven case studies in the new brochure illustrate the practical implementation of sound solutions. They range from simple self-made LED home lighting systems in Tanzania to smart lighting solutions for a University in Mexico. The illustrated projects were supported under the WISIONS SEPS programme.

All information can also be found in the online information platform of our Technology Radar. Please feel free to  download the brochure or request your print copy.


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