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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Descriptions of the recent SEPS projects now online

News from WISIONS posted on May 28th, 2013

The short descriptions of the recent SEPS projects that are supported by WISIONS on the occasion of the 2012 call are now online. Focusing on sustainable solutions to secure access to reliable electricity, projects include a variety of technologies, including the installation of a PV solar system to power refrigeration and water distillation in Colombia, and the implementation of interconnected mini-grids for intensive rural electrification in Nepal, the latter supported by the German institute Fraunhofer ISE. To find out more about our recent projects, visit:SEPS Projects map

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.


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