WISIONS of Sustainability

Our mission is to empower individuals and communities to transform the production and use of energy so that it effectively enables sustainable development. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.

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Rural Electrification Symposium in Colombia

News from WISIONS posted on January 12th, 2013

WISIONS participated in the VIII International Symposium on Sustainable Energy Access in Colombia. WISIONS input to the symposium highlighted the central role of local socio-economic structures in the formulation and implementation of sustainable energy solutions for off-grid communities.Read moreMinimize

Experiences from other international (e.g. US-Aid, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank) and national (e.g. the Colombian Institute for Electrification of Non-Connected Areas (IPSE)) organisations were presented. The importance of integrating local perspectives, knowledge and capacities in the different phases of a project or programme was a recurrent topic in most of the presentations.

WISIONS Shares Lessons Learnt with Young Students

News from WISIONS posted on January 12th, 2013

Young international students recently had the chance to take a closer look at the lessons learnt from WISIONS experiences of implementing sustainable energy solutions in developing countries. 22 young students attended the ‘Development Education Programme' organised by STUBE-Rheinland in Bonn between the 12th and 14th October 2012.Read moreMinimize

The group was not only diverse in terms of nationality (students came from Nepal, Iran, Cameroon, Morocco, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Brazil and India) but also in terms of the academic fields represented (engineering, economics, social sciences and law). 

WISIONS presented an overview of existing options for meeting basic energy-related needs. The presentation highlighted the technical, social, environmental and economic challenges that are often faced by the implementation of community-based energy projects. Experiences of SEPS projects illustrated how these challenges can be addressed in practice. Following the presentation the students had to apply the concepts they had learnt by developing hypothetical project concepts that met the main sustainability criteria for WISIONS.  

The activities provoked keen interest from the students on topics that were of particular relevance in their home countries. For WISIONS it was inspiring to have the chance to share its vision and experiences with young people who would probably become development practitioners in the near future.

What happens to small-scale renewable energy projects after their implementation?

News from WISIONS posted on December 6th, 2012

To find out what happens after the project implementation period ends, we recently completed a follow-up survey of 23 projects that have been supported by the Sustainable Energy Project Support (SEPS) scheme since 2004. Read moreMinimize
The projects in the follow-up survey encompassed a wide range of technologies such as biomasssolarwindhydroelectric power and efficient lighting. Our research revealed that most projects had a positive impact on factors such as energy, access, energy costs, employment, health, communications and/or information, meaning that they have improved the quality of life in individual households or communities and have contributed to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. However, we also discovered that most of the projects focused on meeting the basic energy needs of the poor did not offer corresponding concrete business development opportunities. Check back here for more details soon on the impacts of small-scale renewable energy projects and the challenges facing these projects!

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