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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Meet the WISIONS Team at the IOREC Conference in Nairobi, Kenya

News from WISIONS posted on September 26th, 2016

This year's International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC) will take place in Nairobi, Kenya on 30th September and 1st October 2016. The Conference is being organized by IRENA in partnership with the Kenya Ministry of Energy & Petroleum and the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE). As WISIONS is a member of ARE, we will participate in this event!Read moreMinimize

IOREC is the global platform for sharing experiences and best practices about design and implementation of enabling policies, tailored financing schemes, innovative business models and technology applications for stand-alone and mini-grid systems. The first edition of IOREC was organised in Accra, Ghana in 2012 and the second in Manila, Philippines, in 2014.

The 2016 conference will take place back-to-back with the SEED Africa Symposium (28 - 29 September), an international forum to stimulate growth of social and eco-entrepreneurship in Africa.

In parallel with the Conference, ARE will organise an exhibition to give the private sector an opportunity to showcase products/projects, and offer participants networking opportunities. We especially encourage the ARE members to participate, present its products and projects and showcase the technologies and know-how at the forefront of off-grid renewables.


International Conference on Renewable Energies in Rural Areas

News from WISIONS posted on February 6th, 2013

Large parts of rural Africa are not connected to national electricity grids and this fact will probably never change. As renewable energies are becoming cheaper, grid extension is becoming an unattractive option in comparison to the opportunities for decentralised power generation from renewables. Read moreMinimize
In many off-grid areas renewables are also more cost-effective than diesel-generated power. Nevertheless, there are still huge hurdles for sustainable energies to overcome in rural parts of the world. In order to discuss these topics, IRENA organised the 1st International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC), which was held in Accra, Ghana on 1 and 2 November 2012.  The main results from the WISIONS perspective are:

  • the price developments of solar photovoltaic on the one hand, and oil and diesel on the other, have created a new recognition of - and enthusiasm for - renewable energies in developing countries. 
  • high subsidies for fossil fuels present a major obstacle to the uptake of renewables in many southern hemisphere countries. 
  • innovative business models are being developed in the sector of so-called Solar Home Systems (SHS). These models use mobile money as a payment tool and function without any external donor support.
  • long-term financing models for renewable energies are a key element for the future development of renewable energies; however, such models do not yet exist. 
  • building national or even supranational regulatory frameworks for renewables seems to be a crucial driver to up scaling renewable energies in rural areas.
For more information on the conference visit www.iorec.org