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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Community Trainers for Renewable Energy Technologies in Colombia

News from WISIONS posted on July 24th, 2017

One of our SEPS exchange activies aims to create a social alliance and collective learning process between NGOs and rural communities from three regions of Colombia: Santander, Córdoba and Antioquia.Read moreMinimize

Our project partners Censat Agua Viva have just published two interesting videos illustrating the participatory learning and training processes and the design and implementation of energy alternatives within the local communities – you may watch them below or on YouTube.

More general information on this SEPS Exchange Activity is available here: Community Trainers for Renewable Energy Technology Use in Sustainable Food Production and Water Management




Access to Energy and Clean Water in the Ulu Papar Rainforest, Malaysia

News from WISIONS posted on July 19th, 2017

In February 2014, three communities in Ulu Papar, in the Malaysian state of Sabah, embarked on an initiative that would bring a reliable and sustainable supply of clean energy and water into their homes and schools. This SEPS project has now been successfully concluded.Read moreMinimize

Green Empowerment and Tonibung played technical support and project management roles in the implementation of this SEPS project, utilising locally manufactured micro-hydro turbines and employing the skills of trained community technicians from Ulu Papar villages. 

Our partner organisations have worked with the Orang Asal villages of Pongobonon, Kalangaan and Longkogungan towards ensuring that their electricity and water supply can be sustained in the long term, that the watersheds they depend on will be protected, and that newly trained village technicians will have skills that benefit communities like theirs in the years to come.

The villages of Pongobonon, Kalangaan and Longkogungan are now enjoying access to 24-hour renewable energy from their micro-hydro systems, as well as clean water supply in their own homes. Six trainees from villages in Ulu Papar formed the backbone of the project implementation team, and all three villages are using locally manufactured turbines. 

The communities are managing their systems through local committees, and have developed watershed protection plans to ensure that the forested catchment areas these systems rely on continue to be preserved. Meters have been installed in Pongobonon and Kalangaan, but Longkogungan had decided to utilize a flat-rate tariff system instead.


Playing the "Minigrid Game" in Malaysia

News from WISIONS posted on July 10th, 2017

One of our most recent SEPS Knowledge Exchange Activities aims to demonstrate a novel approach to building community energy systems in the form of a new minigrid planning tool and process entitled "The Minigrid Game". Read moreMinimize

The "Minigrid Game" is a role-playing game built around a representation of a community minigrid system. In the game, players come together to find out their household consumption and make critical energy-related decisions, such as purchasing appliances, managing finances to pay electricity bills on time, setting energy tariffs, and developing a healthy community fund. The game’s software uses networked computers to simulate households, and players interact with the software through a digital user interface.

The first part of this exchange activity led by ENACT is a series of three minigrid planning workshops held in rural villages in Eastern Malaysia, where local residents will play and use the "Minigrid Game". 

These will take place on 17 July in Terian (20 participants), on 18 July in Buayan (30 participants), and on 19 July in Timpaysa (10 participants). 

Find more general information on our SEPS project page: Exchange: A Participatory Gaming Approach To Community Energy Planning in Southeast Asia: Spreading Best-Practices on Community Engagement


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