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Wind Empowerment 2018 International Conference: WEIndia 2018
News from WISIONS posted on November 23rd, 2018
This year’s conference is jointly organised by Wind Empowerment and the National Institute for Wind Energy (NIWE), India. It will be longer than previous conferences, spanning approximately two weeks: one week of training sessions and one week for the conference programme.
The overarching theme "Bringing Small Wind Turbines up to Scale" is a key issue to the integration of small wind into an energy ecosystem where photovoltaic is ever cheaper and hybrid solutions are becoming mainstream ideas.
WEIndia2018 will be hosted at two locations in India, Chennai and Kayathar, both located within the state of Tamil Nadu:
- Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu state, at NIWE’s main offices
- Kayathar, a small town in the state of Tamil Nadu, very close to Madurai, at NIWE’s Wind Turbine Test Station (WTTS) & Wind Turbine Research Station (WTRS)
Pre-conference activities (9 days) will take place at NIWE’s facilities in Kayathar. On the 9th day, participants will be transferred by bus to Madurai airport (2-hour drive) and by plane to Chennai (1-hour flight), where the Main conference activities (5 days) will take place.
In Kayathar, NIWE’s warehouse areas will be used for the hands-on manufacturing workshops, where all parts of a wind turbine, from blades and generator to tower and electronics will be constructed. This equipment will be bench tested, assembled, installed and field tested at NIWE’s Wind Turbine Test Station. NIWE’s Wind Turbine Research Station will also be visited and used for parallel activities.
In Chennai, participants will visit NIWE’s training center and main office facilities.These can be used on the last day, which is focused on Wind Empowerment’s internal processes, so fewer local participants are expected. During days 10-13 however, Wind Empowerment expects to have more than 150 participants, i.e. multiple state government participants from rural development, renewable energy and poverty alleviation departments as well as NGOs, universities and private entrepreneurs involved in rural development issues.
The conference programme and all other relevant information is compiled over at WEIndia2018.
Improving And Demonstrating The Potential Of Traditional Water Mills In Uttarakhand, India
News from WISIONS posted on November 16th, 2018
The Himalaya has a rich ancient tradition for tapping hydro energy from the hill streams and rivers through the device of Gharats (water mills). It is estimated that there are 200,000 watermills in the Himalayan region. However, most of the watermills are currently defunct due to various reasons.
Over the course of this SEPS project, IDS carried out a preliminary survey in two districts (Dehradun and Uttarkashi of Garhwal region) to select a cluster of water mills. After analysing preliminary survey data, the water mills located in the villages of Dehradun were found to be more suitable to receive a technical upgrade and corresponding livelihood enhancement of local communities.
The following key activities have been implemented:
- A baseline study including socio-economic and technical feasibility at identified water mills cluster
- A market feasibility study on watermill-based business
- Focused community/watermill owner/operator mobilisation
- Formation and strengthening of so-called "Self Help Groups" (SHG), consisting of village members
- Training and capacity building of SHGs (in business management, storing, packaging, pricing, marketing of products) and watermill operators
- Technical improvements of water mills
- Marketing of the water mill-processed products
This SEPS project facilitated the enhancement of local population’s livelihoods to some extent. The business activities by the "Self Help Groups" are expected to increase in the future and the concept of developing water mill-based businesses has shown a promising potential.
New WISIONS Webinar on Alternative Financing Ideas for Small-scale Renewable Energy
News from WISIONS posted on November 9th, 2018
Financing is always top of mind for energy practitioners working on small-scale renewable energy projects. Many organisations struggle by year on year with project funding, which limits the sustainability of many small-scale renewable energy efforts. Undeterred, however, non-profit organisations and social businesses are looking for novel solutions to the financing challenge, solutions that are essential for achieving the SDGs and climate goals.
The speakers in this webinar have been at the forefront of finding creative, innovative ways to finance energy practitioners’ critical work. We will learn about alternative financing from multiple perspectives: Nexus for Development will speak about their major finance mapping report Financing Renewable Energy in South East Asia; bettervest will talk about its work as a crowd investing platform for renewable energy projects; and Winrock International Nepal will speak about its work as a project developer and long-standing cooperation partner of WISIONS.
Whether you’re a donor, a non-profit organisation, a researcher, or a business, join us and share your insights into financing challenges – and your fresh ideas. This will be an interactive webinar with polls and opportunities for Q&A!
Zita de Pooter, Grants and Membership Manager, Nexus for Development
Rohit Sen, Strategic Cooperation and Business Development Manager, bettervest
Badri Nath Baral, Director-REPSO Nepal, Winrock International
Molly Hurley Depret