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Meet WISIONS at AE4H Innovation Lab 2019

News from WISIONS posted on June 13th, 2019

WISIONS is pleased to attend this years AE4H Innovation Lab 2019, taking place from 19-21 June in Waterloo (Canada). Find out more about the workshop here: Read moreMinimize

Topic and main goal of this years workshop is to bring together experts and practitioners in the field of energy access in order to create new ideas of making electricity more accessible to global regions with limited access to it. A set of working papers will be produced and the participants work in collaboration to identify strategies and creating synergies for the goal. 

The "Innovation Lab" is non-traditional workshop format where the participants reflect their goals and find ways of collaboration for achieving them. This interesting workshop will be launched by the Affordable Energy for Humanity (AE4H) "Global Change Initiative", a global consortium of researchers and practitioners with the commitment to end energy poverty and pursuing sustainable development through clean technologies. 

Find out more about the workshop AE4H 2019 Innovation Lab

Completion Report “Community Managed Energy Service for Vegetable Market Chain (CEVeM)

News from WISIONS posted on June 13th, 2019

The UK based NGO Practical Action successfully implemented the “Community Managed Energy Service for Vegetable Market Chain (CEVeM)” project in Nepal with the financial support of WISIONS, showcasing an innovative best-practice business model of solar water lifting technology in agricultural farm lands. Read moreMinimize

The overall aim was to demonstrate the viability of an innovative business model that makes use of impact investment and grants for a community managed irrigation system using a Photovoltaic Pumping System (PVPS). This goal orientated investment promoted commercial vegetable farming and strengthening of the vegetable market chain in the concerning Nepalese villages and established a best-practice example for future public-private partnerships in the context of financing clean energy technology. 


The Nepalese Government has recognized the benefit of such business model and provided the opportunity for 60% subsidies of such investment. The remaining 40% are levied by private sector investment participation, where the given business model creates a “Win-Win-Situation” for both the private investors and poor farmers receiving access to clean-energy technology. 


This technology combined with the innovative business model can be beneficial to over 60% smallholder farmers still relying on subsistence farming and watering their crops with monsoon rain. Effectively this can lead to a displace of unsustainable diesel engines, addresses issues with unreliable grid electricity and reaches out to poor farmers who did not have energy access yet. However, encouragement of private investment is required in the following years in order to complement public financed subsidies issued by the Nepalese government. 


As private investors are not familiar with the communities and the technology, Practical Action promotes and showcases the business model to investors and makes ground for the provision of capital investment into a new market of sustainable technology in agricultural farmlands. At the end of the project, learning-sharing workshops were organised by Practical Action in Hetauda (Makwanpur) and Dhading Besi (Dhading district). The technology and the presented business model impressed participants and the local government, committing to the financial support of the project. 

More information about the project can be found here: Community Managed Energy Service for Vegetable Market Chain (SEPS11)


Further information about Practical Action: Practical Action

WISIONS at Deep Dive Workshop on 17 June 2019 in Manila

News from WISIONS posted on June 11th, 2019

WISIONS will be organizing the the Deep Dive Workshop on 17 June 2019 at the ASIA CLEAN ENERGY Forum in Manila in collaboration with our partner HPNET. The workshop will be on the topic "Hydro Mini-Grids in the Asia-Pacific: Scaling Inclusive Enterprise-Based Approaches". Meet us there from 2:00-5:30 p.m. in the Multifunction Hall 1. Read moreMinimize


Renewable energy mini-grids are a cost effective and time efficient solution for energy access. Within the technologies available for mini-grids, micro and mini hydropower (MHP) has added advantages. Where resources exist, small-scale hydropower produces the lowest cost energy. Its techno-economic characteristics (e.g. lower levelized cost of energy, per kilowatt investment cost, and no need for energy storage) allow for economic viability with high social impact, including affordable tariffs, extensive productive end use, and viable grid interconnection. Because its hardware can be manufactured locally and maintained by local actors, MHP development imparts local skills, jobs and enterprise development. It also strengthens catchment areas and watershed protection, which in turn increases climate resilience and integrated development of rural communities. 

In recent years, there has been a transition to innovative ownership, management and financing models for mini-grid development – where the income generated has been sufficient to ensure the financial viability and sustainable operations of small-scale hydro projects. The success has been achieved by a variety of enterprise-based models most appropriate for the local context, including among others, cooperatives and community-private partnerships. These approaches show evidence of improved bankability of MHP systems, with greater social and gender inclusion at the same time. The session discusses prospects for scaling, replicating and financing such proven enterprise-based approaches to small-scale hydropower in the Asia-Pacific region. 



This DDW will provide development partners and professionals (both experts and generalists) the opportunity to understand recent innovative approaches to sustainable small-scale hydropower, in terms of economic viability and social impact. The session will feature key experts who have enabled enterprise- based hydro mini-grids in the Asia-Pacific region, drawn from a cross-section of government, private sector, NGOs, civil society and financiers. 

The objectives of this DDW are to: 

·      Provide an overview of the types of ownership, management, financing, and integrated development models for enterprise-based hydro mini-grids, with examples from several countries in the region. 

·      Identify opportunities for scaling enterprise-based hydro mini-grids, both in terms of transitioning grant-dependent models to credit-financed enterprise models and also establishing new projects with enterprise-based approaches. 

·      Discuss solutions to overcome barriers to scalability of high social impact, enterprise-based small- scale hydropower, including building local institutional capacity and access to local and development financing. 

·      Explore the role of development partners and other stakeholders in strengthening knowledge services that enable partnerships to scale enterprise-based hydro mini-grids. 



Find out more about the Workshop here:  Deep Dive Workshop

More information about the conference: Asia Clean Energy Forum
More information about  HPNET

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