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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SEPS Project: Small Wind Energy System in Odisha, India

News from WISIONS posted on July 29th, 2015

One of our SEPS projects, which aimed to provide rural villages in the Kalahandi district of India with reliable energy produced by a small wind-hydro hybrid system, has been successfully concluded. Implementation partners were Practical Action and Gram Vikas.Read moreMinimize

In addition to installing two wind-solar hybrid energy systems to demonstrate the potential of the technology as a reliable energy source in the region, a diverse range of capacity building and hands-on training activities were undertaken to ensure the long-term operation of the system.

The energy produced by the wind-solar hybrid system is made available to the communities through a community charging station and a local electricity distribution line. Sixty households in two remote villages (Kamalaguda and Tijmali) now have reliable access to electricity. They are provided with lighting and charging points for mobile phones and other electrical devices. A local energy management system, as well as an operations and maintenance crew, have been trained to ensure the sustainability of the system.

Overall, the project successfully demonstrated the hybrid system as a viable option for rural electrification in remote off-grid areas in the Kalahandi District of Odisha, India. This was the first project of its kind in the region and as 25% of local villages still lack access to electricity, the potential for replication is huge.


Project Progress: Watershed Development and Conservation in the Ulu Papar Rainforest, Malaysia

News from WISIONS posted on July 22nd, 2015

One of our SEPS projects, which aims to improve socioeconomic and environmental wellbeing in the villages of Pongobonon, Lokogungan and Kalangaan in Malaysia, is making progress while undergoing a few changes to the activities that were originally proposed.Read moreMinimize

The aim of this project is to provide three villages situated in a remote rainforest region of Malaysia with access to clean water, renewable electricity and income generation opportunities. 

Recently, the decision was taken to develop a smaller system in Lokogungan using concrete turbine technology from Sri Lanka, instead of constructing three micro-hydro plants. This was due to logistical difficulties in sourcing the turbine technology. The new pico-hydro system will power public buildings: the village school, church and a community hall. It will also include charging stations, where village residents can charge lamps and cell phones for use in their homes. Additionally, an on-site workshop will be held in Lokogungan to train community members and practitioners in the concrete turbine process.

The micro-hydro plant in Pongobonon is almost complete and the turbine is currently undergoing testing. Local villagers are enjoying the benefits of lighting for the first time.

Construction in Kalangaan is nearly complete, with all major civil structures now finalised. However, the transportation of the pipes and the cement has been very slow, and some pipes and several loads of cement still need to be transported to the site.

More information on this SEPS project is available on our project page: Integrating Watershed Development and Conservation in the Ancestral Forests of Ulu Papar


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



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