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.
Empowering Micro Hydro Plants In Nepal
News from WISIONS posted on January 2nd, 2019
In this context, Winrock International implemented the SEPS exchange activity Sharing Learning Across Projects: Operating Micro Hydro Plants (MHP) as Commercially Viable Enterprises. They selected five financially and managerially weak micro hydro plants in the Baglung and Gulmi districts to participate in the facilitated sharing of best management practices between successful and weak Plants.
The series of knowledge exchange workshops empowered management committees and local representatives on improving managerial and financial systems, business plan and business model development and computer-based accounting systems. The activities resulted in significant managerial improvement of the selected micro hydro plants by providing reliable power supply with a remarkable increase in revenue generation and established the micro hydro plants as profitable enterprises.
After the interventions, electricity sales increased up to 40% with additional households and enterprises connected and increased productive end uses, the adoption of a transparent accounting system, improved tariff collection, greater satisfaction among beneficiaries and better ownership of stakeholders.
The project shows huge potential for the government and other development partners to focus on improving the management of micro hydro plants and increasing reliability of electricity connections through similar knowledge exchange programmes in the remaining 2,000 micro hydro plants all over the country.
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Energy Switch In The Cambodian Garment Industry
News from WISIONS posted on December 12th, 2018
The Cambodian garment sector’s total consumption of firewood is estimated to be about 302,000 tonnes per year. Currently, most of the wood comes from Economic Land Concessions clearing, which has rendered the price of wood artificially low.
One promising alternative could be the use of rice husk briquettes, as Cambodia produces around 1.5 million tonnes of rice husk each year. In Vietnam, for instance, rice husk is already widely used as an alternative fuel source.
In order to select participants for the exchange activities who would most benefit from a study tour to Vietnam, GERES identified and mapped 33 of H&M’s suppliers in Cambodia. Following the mapping, GERES contacted large rice mills established near to the selected garment factories. Eventually, more than 20 rice millers, with an average annual rice husk production ranging from 3,000 tonnes to 50,000 tonnes, were identified. After an introduction to the project, they were interviewed about their activity, their use of rice husk and their potential interest in rice husk briquetting.
This mapping led to the development of a database listing H&M garment suppliers by average firewood consumption (based on data collected by H&M in 2017) and rice millers by average production capacity. Of the 20 rice millers identified, GERES selected 10 to participate in a study tour to Vietnam to visit rice husk briquetting machine suppliers and rice husk briquette producers.The study tour took place in September 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta Area. As well as getting to know different suppliers, the activities enabled the Cambodian rice millers to learn more about rice husk briquette production, its potential benefits and the necessary steps to take to implement the technology back home.
Next steps include a video of the study tour and other communication materials, as well as a study tour for representatives from the garment factories.
More general information on this SEPS exchange activity: Supporting the Energy Switch of the Garment Industry in Cambodia through Increased South-South Knowledge Exchange among the Value Chain Stakeholders
Promoting Commercial Biogas Use In The Nepalese Poultry Industry
News from WISIONS posted on November 29th, 2018
Currently, poultry farms often rely on diesel generators to meet their energy needs due to the unreliable supply of grid electricity. However, despite the perceived advantages, the implementation and upscaling of biogas technology in the commercial sector in Nepal faces several barriers. These include high investment costs, lack of credit from financial institutions, lack of confidence in the technology which has not been successfully demonstrated in Nepal, and inadequate information about the application of the technology and its potential benefits for poultry farm owners.
The major objectives of the first project phase (initiated in January 2018) were to effectively engage with local stakeholders, to create awareness about commercial biogas use in the poultry industry and to build capacity amongst poultry farmers.
The project team at Winrock Nepal was successful in engaging the stakeholders, as well as in creating awareness and building capacity amongst selected poultry farmers (from the Rupandehi, Kapilbastu, and Nawalparasi districts) on commercial biogas technology in Nepal.
A meeting with AEPC to kickstart the project was held in February 2018, followed by literature reviews and a consultation with experts from Bangladesh and Nepal to share best practice in biogas digester technology at poultry farms. Furthermore, Winrock was able to effectively engage with the Nepal Hatchery and Poultry Association, AEPC, as well as financial institutions such as NMB Bank.
Future updates will be published in our news blog. More general information on this SEPS project is available on our SEPS project page: Unlocking Credit to Promote the use of Commercial Biogas in the Poultry Industry