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.
Conference on Energy Access in Africa
News from WISIONS posted on April 26th, 2013
The focus of the conference lies on the political and economic framework needed for the uptake of renewable energies in Africa. The conference program states: „The potential afforded by clean, green – in other words, renewable – energies is especially high. Depending on the local geophysical conditions, wind, hydroand/or solar energy are available in abundance. And yet as much as 82 per cent of Africa's electricity is still generated from fossil fuels, compared with only 16 per cent from renewables. If this ratio is to change, the right political and economic adjustments must be made, for example through taxation, subsidies and incentive schemes, as well as feed-in tariffs and legislation. After all, private investors will only commit to this type of project, alongside public sector donors, if the conditions are right."
More information can be found on the conference website.
SEPS Evaluation Report
News from WISIONS posted on April 2nd, 2013
Although every project was implemented in a different context, the post-evaluation of the individual projects under a common framework provided helpful lessons and recommendations that could also be applied to other project settings.
The overriding result is quite encouraging: more than 75% of the projects are still functioning (see graph). However, the true value of the evaluation lies not in numeric results but in qualitative insights. To give an example: when asked about the most important factors for the long-term sustainability of projects, one interviewee underlined the importance of trust among the different actors involved: "Being in it for the long run has been one success factor – staying in contact and developing the project further, not simply implementing a project and then leaving. Trust and reliability are important factors for the project success …“
Are you interested in finding out more? Please don't hesitate to request your copy of the evaluation report by email (Contact).
We presented the results at the conference "Micro Perspectives for Decentralized Energy Supply„ in Berlin in February. You can download our conference paper here.
LIGHTING - New brochure online
News from WISIONS posted on March 21st, 2013
Lighting plays a key role in our daily lives as well as in commerce and industry worldwide. Supplying ‘artificial' light consumes energy and current lighting solutions present crucial challenges for both local and global sustainable development.
The seven case studies in the new brochure illustrate the practical implementation of sound solutions. They range from simple self-made LED home lighting systems in Tanzania to smart lighting solutions for a University in Mexico. The illustrated projects were supported under the WISIONS SEPS programme.
All information can also be found in the online information platform of our Technology Radar. Please feel free to download the brochure or request your print copy.