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.
Findings from the 9th Annual RedBioLAC Conference
News from WISIONS posted on December 20th, 2017
RedBioLAC is a network of institutions involved in the applied research and advocacy of biodigesters for the treatment and management of organic waste, as a strategy for improving the wellbeing of the Latin American and Caribbean people. Their annual opportunity to meet and interact intensively with experts from across the region is a central component for sustaining the impetus of the knowledge sharing process.
All the findings and conference information, including presentations, workshop materials and videos, are now available on RedBioLAC webpage.
3 SEPS Projects Featured in New ARE Publication
News from WISIONS posted on December 13th, 2017
Statistics indicate that electricity coverage in Latin America and the Caribbean is at present about 97%. However, this still means that some 22 million people – about six million households – lack access to electricity. Overcoming this requires solutions based on an evaluation of a wide range of factors. These factors include appropriate technology, consideration of the environmental and social context, economic viability and cost-benefit analysis, and require the mutual collaboration of both the public and private sectors.
The new report prepared by ARE and commissioned by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) provides valuable reflections and lessons learned on clean energy access projects from the business association perspective. Part of the strategy to attain universal access across the region involves joining forces with other energy access initiatives and networks such as ARE.
The publication features three of WISIONS SEPS Energy Projects:
The publication is available for download on ARE's website.
Rehabilitation and Upgrading of Micro Hydro Plants in the Philippines
News from WISIONS posted on December 11th, 2017
The Adugao power plant is a small 7.5 KW power system in a remote area in northern Luzon, the Philippines. Before its construction in 2000, neighbouring indigenous communities relied solely on firewood for lighting purposes and had never experienced electric power. 13 years later, the system had started to show major signs of wear and poor maintenance.
In 2015, local partner SIBAT with funding from WISIONS started a rehabilitation programme aiming to restore the potential of the Adugao MHP. Over the last two years, SIBAT has:
- fully restored the power plant, which now operates 24/7
- avoided system downtime by providing a constant water flow
- installed a load controller and constructed a reliable concrete canal
Furthermore, a tariff system suited to the local economic context has been established. For example, people in need can pay for the service by in-kind payments of rice, which follows the local tradition of sharing. A potentially self-sustaining maintenance and management team has also been put in place.
The successful project development demonstrates that access to energy can be acquired and sustained through a community-based approach in which the local population formulates and enforces policies to manage and care for an energy system.
More general information on this project is available here: Rehabilitation and Upgrading of an Existing Micro Hydro Power Project in the Province of Abra, the Philippines