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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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 ensure a reliable and sustainable supply of clean energy and water for 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 worked with the Orang Asal villages of Pongobonon, Kalangaan and Longkogungan to ensure the long-term sustainability of their electricity and water supply, the protection of the watersheds on which they depend, and the development and training of village technicians in the skills necessary to benefit communities like theirs in the years to come.

The villages of Pongobonon, Kalangaan and Longkogungan now enjoy 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 use locally manufactured turbines.

The communities manage their systems through local committees and have developed watershed protection plans to ensure the continued preservation of the forested catchment areas on which these systems rely. Meters have been installed in Pongobonon and Kalangaan, but Longkogungan decided instead to use a flat-rate tariff system.


Playing the "Minigrid Game" in Malaysia

News from WISIONS posted on July 10th, 2017

One of our most recent SEPS knowledge exchange activities aims to demonstrate a novel approach to building community energy systems in the form of a new minigrid planning tool and process entitled "The Minigrid Game".Read moreMinimize

The "Minigrid Game" is a role-playing game built around a representation of a community minigrid system. In the game, players come together to find out their household consumption and make critical energy-related decisions, such as purchasing appliances, managing finances to pay electricity bills on time, setting energy tariffs, and developing a healthy community fund. The game’s software uses networked computers to simulate households, and players interact with the software through a digital user interface.

The first part of this exchange activity led by ENACT was a series of three minigrid planning workshops held in rural villages in Eastern Malaysia, where local residents will played the "Minigrid Game". 

These took place on 17 July in Terian (20 participants), on 18 July in Buayan (30 participants), and on 19 July in Timpaysa (10 participants). 

Find more general information on our SEPS project page: Exchange: A Participatory Gaming Approach To Community Energy Planning in Southeast Asia: Spreading Best-Practices on Community Engagement


Rural Energy Development in Argentina

News from WISIONS posted on June 12th, 2017

One of our recent SEPS projects aims to tackle the issues of rural energy scarcity, high volumes of biomass feedstock and problems of waste disposal by installing an anaerobic biodigester in the region of Los Pinos, Balcarce.Read moreMinimize

Around 80% of the populated areas in Argentina are rural communities with less than 2000 inhabitants, while 60% of the country’s population lives in the 17 biggest cities. Especially in the Humid Pampas region, many small towns lack power supply and waste management facilities, which makes access to energy difficult, expensive and unsustainable. In these areas the national grid is often unreliable.

Los Pinos, the site of this project led by INTA, is located around 400 km from Buenos Aires. It currently numbers 190 households with a population of around 350 people. The energy demand of Los Pinos was determined during the first working phase of the project.

Further successfully implemented activities include:

  • The permission and approval of project activities by local authorities;
  • The signing of an agreement by producers to ensure feedstock supply to a biogas demonstration unit;
  • The formation of a “Public Services Cooperative” to ensure management and operation of the plant; and
  • The completion of socioeconomic and environmental baseline surveys to measure the impact of the installation once it is in operation 

In the coming months, the project team will work on the installation of the biogas plant, the training of the operators, and the optimisation of ongoing processes.

Find more general information about this project on our SEPS project site: Biogas Demonstration Unit for Sustainable Rural Energy Development in the Humid Pampas of Argentina


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