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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Upscaling Strategy: Biogas Systems in Guatemala

News from WISIONS posted on July 6th, 2015

Our partner organisation, Alterna, supported under the WISIONS SEPS scheme, successfully implemented 25 small scale biodigester systems in Guatemala from 2012 to 2013. During an upscaling phase in 2013 and 2014, Alterna aimed to develop effective business models and suitable financing mechanisms with selected NGOs to replicate the success of the small scale biodigester systems within these organisations through sustainable self-financing schemes.Read moreMinimize

Some of the achievements during the upscaling phase include:

  • The creation by Alterna of an integrated communication plan to present to relevant stakeholders (i.e. potential NGOs, funders, local governments etc.). The plan includes a biodigester outreach programme in which Alterna participates in events and fairs, increasing its presence as an alternative energy option.
  • As a result, new partner organisations to provide biodigesters to more users have been identified (CEIPA, FEDEPMA, ACGJ, COPROLECHE, CHIVALAC).
  • Together with financing specialists, Alterna created upscaling and financing plans with the partner organisations by using insights gained from the initial project phase.
  • Working plans with banks, microfinance institutions etc. have been prepared to finance biodigester expansion in Guatemala.
  • By systemising information processes and accumulating know-how and lessons learned, Alterna has drawn up detailed guidelines for designing the most appropriate technical, economic and financial solutions for biodigester implementation.

  • Since mid-2014, Alterna and Viogaz S.A., an organisation originally from Costa Rica, have come together in a social venture and are working as strategic allies. They are the first socially and environmentally responsible company specialising in biodigestion technology, biogas and bioslurry in Guatemala.
More information on this SEPS project is available on our SEPS project page: Biodigestion systems for small-scale ventures: Enhancing low-carbon food value chains



SEPS Project – Biomass Gasification in Nepal

News from WISIONS posted on June 17th, 2015

Our SEPS project partners at WINROCK are installing a biomass gasification unit in the Dang district of Nepal to generate electricity to serve around 82 off-grid rural households and potential enterprises in the region. Read moreMinimize

WINROCK International is implementing this project to pilot biomass gasification for rural electrification by installing an 11 kW gasification unit. The use of at least 500 litres of kerosene and 1000 litres of diesel will be avoided annually by the installation of the new technology, resulting in enhanced livelihoods and energy for lighting and other productive end-use applications.

As of June 2015, the transmission and distribution systems, including a power house accommodating the gasification system, have been successfully installed. On-site operators and managers have received intensive training on how to use and maintain the facilities.

However, a few adjustments had to be made to the scheduled project implementation. As the project site initially identified for the pilot (the Tanahun district) was recently connected to the national grid, a new location in Nepal’s Dang district was selected after a feasibility study. Furthermore, the monsoon season resulted in landslides and road flooding, hindering project activities. As a result, some capacity building activities and information collection for future productive end-use will now be carried out over the course of the next few months, extending the overall project period to the end of 2015.


The Second Annual UN Sustainable Energy for All Forum

News from WISIONS posted on June 3rd, 2015

With some of our partners (Practical Action, IRRI México, TERI and a coordinating member of the Hydro Empowerment Network), the WISIONS team participated in the Second Sustainable Energy For All Forum from 18 - 21 May 2015 in New York City, USA.Read moreMinimize

The Second SE4All Forum addressed the overarching theme of "Financing Sustainable Energy for All", and included the launch of a new Global SE4All Commitment Platform and the first Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue at the UN.

More than 2500 participants attended the forum, collaborating in a diverse programme structured in line with these following four objectives: networking and outreach activities; parallel multi-stakeholder sessions; the Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue; and a closing session focusing on actions and commitments.

During the last session of the conference, more than 80 high-level representatives from energy ministries, business, civil society, multilateral agencies and international organisations, including the WISIONS initiative, outlined their leadership and action commitments aimed at achieving the SE4All objectives.

Full coverage of the whole programme and activities is available online at: Highlights of the SE4All Forum.


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