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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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The Argentinian Province Of Jujuy On The Path To Green Energy

News from WISIONS posted on January 14th, 2019

Fundación EcoAndina aims to transfer twenty years of practical experience in the field of solar energy to an upcoming generation of renewable energy technicians in Jujuy, Argentina. Read moreMinimize

Recently, Fundación EcoAndina delivered five training courses at their CEDIERA Centre and facilitated a number of guided visits to a technology park. These events attracted nearly two hundred participants, most of whom were technical students from three renewable energy institutes in and around San Salvador. Furthermore, the project team hosted conferences and open dialogues at the National University, which were attended by 170 participants.

Another highlight of the recent activities associated with this SEPS Exchange was the participation in the International Arts Festival Corazón Andino, an enchanting festival of arts and sustainability which took place for the first time in the Jujuy Province, raising awareness of renewable energy technologies among local citizens.

As a step towards empowering highland communities, EcoAndina visited the municipalities of Humahuaca, Abra Pampa and La Quiaca and discussed with officials the local situation concerning access to energy and possible future renewable energy projects in the Andean highlands.

In order to transfer years of field experience from an NGO to the creation of academic curricula, EcoAndina organised meetings with four institutes of technical education in Jujuy. National institutions, as well as regional and local authorities, recognise and value EcoAndina's work and invited them to contribute their experiences to an upcoming public discussion.

New Project: Biogas Solutions For Livestock Farmers in Costa Rica

News from WISIONS posted on January 9th, 2019

Could biogas solutions be an alternative to conventional methods for livestock farming in Costa Rica? One of our most recent exchange activities aims to implement a collaborative process seeking to consolidate the use of biodigester technology and accelerate its adoption among small and medium-scale livestock farmers in the country.Read moreMinimize

The Costa Rican Biogas Association (Asobiogás) and WISIONS will jointly coordinate this process, which integrates two work streams: the configuration and implementation of a SEPS knowledge exchange and the conceptualisation and realisation of a transdisciplinary transformative research approach. The collaborative process consists of six phases and continuously interweaves tasks and outputs of both the knowledge exchange and the research approach.

The process includes the following objectives:

  • To identify variables that influence the implementation and adoption of small and medium-scale biogas technology in Costa Rica
  • To ensure that substantial technical knowledge of biodigester technology is available to traditional providers of agricultural products and services in order that that they can offer biogas solutions as an alternative to other technologies and services
  • To build awareness, interest and trust among small and medium-scale farmers in the benefits of biodigester technology
  • To provide continuous support to all the parties involved in order to ensure robust consolidation of the sector

Empowering Micro Hydro Plants In Nepal

News from WISIONS posted on January 2nd, 2019

Large numbers of micro-hydro plants installed in Nepal have fallen short of their potential to achieve a lasting impact on rural people's livelihoods. This is because most of them are unable to generate sufficient revenue to cover even minor operation and maintenance costs and, as a result, they have to close down for indefinite periods when repairs are required.Read moreMinimize

In this context, Winrock International implemented the SEPS exchange activity Sharing Learning Across Projects: Operating Micro Hydro Plants (MHP) as Commercially Viable Enterprises. They organised for successful plants to share best management practice with five financially and managerially weak micro-hydro plants in the Baglung and Gulmi districts.

The series of knowledge exchange workshops empowered management committees and local representatives to improve their managerial and financial systems and to develop their business plans, business models and computer-based accounting systems. The activities resulted in significant managerial improvement of the selected micro-hydro plants. These plants were able to provide a reliable power supply with a marked increase in revenue generation and to establish themselves as profitable enterprises.

After the interventions, electricity sales increased by up to 40%, additional households and enterprises became connected and productive end uses increased. The micro-hydro plants adopted transparent accounting systems and improved their tariff collection, resulting in greater satisfaction among beneficiaries and better ownership by stakeholders.

The project shows the huge potential for the government and other development partners to focus on improving the management of micro-hydro plants and increasing the reliability of electricity connections through similar knowledge exchange programmes for the remaining 2,000 micro-hydro plants across the country.

Read the Nishi II micro hydro plant and Chachalghat micro hydro plant success stories (pdf).

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