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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Improving And Demonstrating The Potential Of Traditional Water Mills In Uttarakhand, India

News from WISIONS posted on November 16th, 2018

The Indian Institute for Development Support aimed to improve traditional water mills by replacing wooden equipment in order to make them more efficient and to demonstrate the importance of the technology in the mountainous region of Uttarakhand, India.Read moreMinimize

The Himalaya has a rich ancient tradition for tapping hydro energy from the hill streams and rivers through the device of Gharats (water mills). It is estimated that there are 200,000 watermills in the Himalayan region. However, most of the watermills are currently defunct due to various reasons.

Over the course of this SEPS project, IDS carried out a preliminary survey in two districts (Dehradun and Uttarkashi of Garhwal region) to select a cluster of water mills. After analysing preliminary survey data, the water mills located in the villages of Dehradun were found to be more suitable to receive a technical upgrade and corresponding livelihood enhancement of local communities.

The following key activities have been implemented:

  • A baseline study including socio-economic and technical feasibility at identified water mills cluster
  • A market feasibility study on watermill-based business
  • Focused community/watermill owner/operator mobilisation 

  • Formation and strengthening of so-called "Self Help Groups" (SHG), consisting of village members
  • Training and capacity building of SHGs (in business management, storing, packaging, pricing, marketing of products) and watermill operators

  • Technical improvements of water mills 

  • Marketing of the water mill-processed products 


This SEPS project facilitated the enhancement of local population’s livelihoods to some extent. The business activities by the "Self Help Groups" are expected to increase in the future and the concept of developing water mill-based businesses has shown a promising potential.


New Project: Capacity Building And Knowledge Exchange – Designing Energy Services In Indonesia

News from WISIONS posted on November 7th, 2018

One of our most recent SEPS exchange activities aims to build an understanding of a participatory approach to designing energy services in Southeast Asia called the "Energy Delivery Model"(EDM).Read moreMinimize

Many energy services in remote areas targeting the “last mile” fail. This is for a variety of reasons, including insufficient attention to the long-term costs of operation and maintenance; use of a “one size fits all” approach which often fails to consider differing local realities and socio-cultural factors (including gender issues); lack of attention to how an energy service will deliver wider development impact; and lack of buy-in from local stakeholders.

Building on these insights, since 2014 IESR – with its partners CAFOD and IIED – has been co-developing a participatory approach to designing energy services in Southeast Asia called the Energy Delivery Model (EDM).

Over the course of six months, IESR aims to:

  • Prepare and host a four-day EDM Planning Workshop in Indonesia (inviting 15-20 participants from NGOs, social enterprises & local government), which will build an understanding of the participatory design of energy services, as well as capacity to use the existing EDM Toolkit; and
  • Create an updated Indonesian language version of the EDM Toolkit.

Productive Uses For Wind Energy In Argentina

News from WISIONS posted on October 31st, 2018

Our project partners 500rpm and Wind Empowerment aim to identify productive uses for electricity generated by small wind turbines, and to implement three pilot systems in economic activities of three regions of Argentina.Read moreMinimize

The background that led our partners to think and implement this project is derived from previously executed projects where users of the Piggott wind turbine technology began to inquire about the possibility of applying electrical energy to local economic activities.

The selected regions and activities in this SEPS project are:

  • Los Gigantes-Còrdoba: rural tourism

  • Cholila-Chubut: small-scale livestock production and horticulture
  • Corralito-Rìo Negro: poultry production

  • Tonco-Salta: production of leather crafts


The following were considered for the selection: the demands coming from the territory, the long-term sustainability of the pilot tests to be implemented, research analysis on rural economies, the potential of replication and multiplication of experiences.

Recently, the following goals and activities have been achieved/completed:

  • The characterisation of the local economic activities to be enhanced with the application of wind power in productive processes
  • The identification and articulation of local actors that can contribute to the sustainability of the project
  • A socio-technical analysis of potential direct beneficiaries

More general information is available on our SEPS project page: Productive Use of Wind in Argentina - Developing Rural Areas with an Abundant Resource


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