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.
Video: Promoting the Long-Term Use of Micro Hydro Systems in Nepal
News from WISIONS posted on December 19th, 2016
Practical Action aimed to promote the long-term use of certain existing MHPs via a holistic approach called Participatory Market System Development (PMSD). This approach emphasises stakeholder participation in creating sustainable rural enterprises and empowering marginalised market actors.
Five existing micro-hydro projects (three in Nepal and two in Odisha state, India) ranging from 14 kW to 100 kW in capacity, saw their MHPs serviced and refurbished. Moreover, additional demand for power was created by establishing 21 new enterprises, ranging from mills for rice and wheat to construction businesses.
Read the full project summary here: Promoting the Long-Term Use of Micro-Hydro Systems by Providing Energy to Rural Enterprises in Nepal and India
Watch Practical Action's video summary here:
The WISIONS Team Visits Two SEPS Projects in Nepal
News from WISIONS posted on December 12th, 2016
One of these projects, entitled Demonstration of Sustainable Low Head Pico-Hydro to Deliver Enhanced Rural Energy Services to the Terai Region of Nepal, is being conducted by PEEDA in cooperation with KAPEG. It aims to use micro hydro power generated by a low head propeller turbine to demonstrate the feasibility of this clean energy technology in the Okhaldhunga district of Nepal.
Two low head propeller turbines (1 kW and 3 kW) were recently installed and are now ready for operation. To ensure community involvement, an energy committee which observes all business stages has been formed and locally trained technicians will ensure reliable operation and maintenance of the systems. The turbines, as well as the used Electric Load Controller, were developed and produced in Nepal and are being tested in the field as part of this project.
The second visit was to the Community Managed Energy Service for Vegetable Market Chain project which is being implemented by Practical Action Nepal. The objective is to demonstrate the viability of an innovative management and finance concept for the installation of a community irrigation system by using a photovoltaic pumping system to increase production levels and enhance the quality and variety of the vegetables produced.
The entire village, which is in the surroundings of Kathmandu, is fully committed and very enthusiastic about the project. The company that will install the solar systems has recently been appointed; once the innovative irrigation system is up and running, it aims to allow for up to four harvests per year, a greater selection of crops and improved marketing/sales of produce to the capital.
Practice-to-Policy Exchange: Grid Connected Micro Hydro Power in Sri Lanka
News from WISIONS posted on November 28th, 2016
The practice-to-policy exchange was a three-stage exchange process, where the first three months were dedicated to online information exchange, followed by a physical exchange activity and a four-day workshop held in Sri Lanka with 21 delegates representing eight countries and including ten other sector experts.
The workshop helped delegates share experiences from their respective countries and observe operations of successful mini and micro hydro plants in Sri Lanka, which are connected to the grid.
The final step of this exchange process was to develop advocacy material to be used by members of the Hydro Empowerment Network to promote micro and mini hydro grid connections in their countries and for the whole of South and South East Asia, where the network's activites are located.
More general information is available on our SEPS project page: Practice-to-Policy Exchange for Grid-Connected Micro Hydro Power in South/Southeast Asia
One result of the exchange activity is this video on Smart Grids for Rural Electrification: