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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Micro-Hydro Plants as Commercially Viable Enterprises

News from WISIONS posted on August 9th, 2017

In Nepal, micro-hydro power generation is already widespread. Nevertheless, challenges such as poor management, weak technical skills and poor financial operation prevent community-owned micro-hydro plants from making a lasting impact on people’s livelihoods.Read moreMinimize

One of our SEPS Exchange Activities aims to expand the knowledge base among technically sound, but managerially and financially weak hydropower plants to ensure their sustainable commercial operation. 

Over the last two months, WINROCK – our partners in this exchange – examined several micro-hydro plants installed previously by AEPC, conducted four meetings with AEPC and RERL to discuss future knowledge sharing activities, and selected five micro-hydro plants where the knowledge and consultancy exchange activities shall be implemented. Currently, local experts and consultants are being hired and the upcoming training sessions are being finalised. 


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.


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