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.
Micro-Hydro Plants as Commercially Viable Enterprises
News from WISIONS posted on August 9th, 2017
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 will be implemented. Currently, local experts and consultants are being recruited and the forthcoming training sessions are being finalised.
Community Trainers for Renewable Energy Technologies in Colombia
News from WISIONS posted on July 24th, 2017
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 – these can be viewed below or on YouTube.
Further 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
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.