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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3 SEPS Projects Featured in New ARE Publication

News from WISIONS posted on December 13th, 2017

ARE – The Alliance for Rural Electrification has recently released a new publication featuring three of our SEPS projects. The brochure is entitled "Access to Energy Services through Renewable Sources in Latin America & the Caribbean".Read moreMinimize

Statistics indicate that electricity coverage in Latin America and the Caribbean is at present about 97%. However, this still means that some 22 million people – about six million households – lack access to electricity. Overcoming this requires solutions based on an evaluation of a wide range of factors. These factors include appropriate technology, consideration of the environmental and social context, economic viability and cost-benefit analysis, and require the mutual collaboration of both the public and private sectors.

The new report prepared by ARE and commissioned by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) provides valuable reflections and lessons learned on clean energy access projects from the business association perspective. Part of the strategy to attain universal access across the region involves joining forces with other energy access initiatives and networks such as ARE.

The publication features three of WISIONS SEPS Energy Projects:

Improving Cacao Production and Processing While Meeting Cooking Fuel Demand in Ecuador (CRECER) 

Solar Mobility in Andean highlands of Argentina 

Removing Barriers to Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in Medium-Scale Agricultural Livestock Activities in Mexico

The publication is available for download on ARE's website.

Rehabilitation and Upgrading of Micro Hydro Plants in the Philippines

News from WISIONS posted on December 11th, 2017

Since 1995, several micro-hydro plants have been installed in the province of Abra in the Philippines. However, many of them are now suffering from technical, organisational and financial difficulties. One of our SEPS projects (LINK) aimed to restore and upgrade the Adugao MHP as a demonstration project and to develop a working plan to rehabilitate other power plants in the region.Read moreMinimize

The Adugao power plant is a small 7.5 KW power system in a remote area in northern Luzon, the Philippines. Before its construction in 2000, neighbouring indigenous communities relied solely on firewood for lighting purposes and had never experienced electric power. 13 years later, the system had started to show major signs of wear and poor maintenance.

In 2015, local partner SIBAT with funding from WISIONS started a rehabilitation programme aiming to restore the potential of the Adugao MHP. Over the last two years, SIBAT has:

  • fully restored the power plant, which now operates 24/7
  • avoided system downtime by providing a constant water flow
  • installed a load controller and constructed a reliable concrete canal

Furthermore, a tariff system suited to the local economic context has been established. For example, people in need can pay for the service by in-kind payments of rice, which follows the local tradition of sharing. A potentially self-sustaining maintenance and management team has also been put in place.

The successful project development demonstrates that access to energy can be acquired and sustained through a community-based approach in which the local population formulates and enforces policies to manage and care for an energy system.

More general information on this project is available here: Rehabilitation and Upgrading of an Existing Micro Hydro Power Project in the Province of Abra, the Philippines

WISONS Supports Workshop on Financing Renewable Energy in South East Asia

News from WISIONS posted on November 27th, 2017

The workshop takes place on 5th December in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and will bring together practitioners to exchange knowledge and lessons learned about various funding schemes in clean energy and water. The goal is to share experiences about financial models for clean energy adoption in Southeast Asia.Read moreMinimize

Energy entrepreneurs throughout Asia provide a range of technological solutions to address the growing demand for sustainable energy services in the region. These local entrepreneurs service low-income rural populations including farmers, small businesses and households with affordable energy access. However, these enterprises often face a serious constraint that limits their ability to grow: access to affordable capital.  

The interactive workshop “Financing renewable energy in South East Asia”  is organized by Nexus for Development in cooperation with GERES and S3IDF and with support of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and WISIONS. A total of 50-70 energy entrepreneurs, financiers, and other relevant stakeholders are expected to participate on 5th December 2017 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

The workshop will include new research on the financing landscape, an interactive roundtable discussion, a practitioner’s showcasing session, and experts sharing learnings from their successes and failures.

For more information please follow this link: Workshop "Financing Renewable Energy in South East Asia"

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