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A National Market Assessment For Wind/Solar Hybrid Systems In Nepal

News from WISIONS posted on October 19th, 2018

One of our SEPS exchange activities resulted in a comprehensive market assessment for wind/solar hybrid systems in Nepal, intended to directly address the existing uncertainties surrounding the technology and reach a consensus among stakeholders. Read moreMinimize

Being one of the world’s most mountainous countries, grid extension in Nepal is economically unfeasible in many locations. As a result, off-grid electrification solutions will be required to provide or upgrade access to electricity in the most inaccessible regions of Nepal.

In cooperation with Wind Empowerment, our project partner KAPEG (the Kathmandu Alternative Power and Energy Group) intended to assess the potential of wind/solar hybrid mini-grids for off-grid electrification in Nepal. Their activities resulted in a comprehensive analysis of the existing market for solar/wind hybrid systems in Nepal, including an analysis of the market size, the current regulatory environment, technical issues and the common delivery/business models used to establish and maintain off-grid solar/wind projects in Nepal.

The final assessment includes data collected from six wind/solar hybrid mini-grid sites, with an analysis of failure modes and frequency, along with a summary of a series of expert interviews and techno-economic and mapping efforts. Taken together, these sections are intended to provide actionable information and recommendations for the off-grid small-wind and solar sector in Nepal. The assessment details the current status of small wind in the country, wherein the country is most viable for the technology, what issues need to be addressed to optimize the enabling environment for the technology and what the estimated market size is in Nepal. Through this, our project partners might improve the utilisation of the indigenous wind resource and effectively employ small wind turbines as a solution for off-grid electrification in the rural regions of Nepal in the future.

Find more general information on this SEPS exchange activity here: A Country Level Market Assessment for Small Wind Turbines

Waste To Wisdom – Strengthening Biogas Practitioners In Southeast Asia

News from WISIONS posted on October 12th, 2018

One of our SEPS exchange activities in cooperation with Green Empowerment aims to address the technical gaps in organisations in Malaysia and the Philippines by providing them with the skills to install and operate biogas digester systems efficiently and affordably.Read moreMinimize

The first part of this knowledge exchange took place over two weeks in Sri Lanka in March 2018 and involved both theoretical and practical components, using classroom lectures, site visits, and actual biodigester construction on site. The training was very successful and delivered significantly under budget, allowing Green Empowerment and local partner organisations to direct the funds to host additional trainings as well as install planned pilot projects in Malaysia.

After the knowledge exchange in Sri Lanka, our project partners and exchange attendees began discussing potential demonstration sites. Kivatu Nature Farm at PACOS Trust was chosen to be the site of first pilot project because it was deemed to have adequate waste from their kitchen to feed a biogas digester and a high volume of visitors to demonstrate the technology to, as well as availability of a training facility. Greeb Empowerment worked with Janathakshan, TONIBUNG, and PACOS Trust to develop a training program and materials that were tailored for the context of Malaysian Borneo. Staff from TONIBUNG and PACOS Trust who attended the knowledge exchange led the design and began construction of the biogas digesters.

The second training was held at the end of August with attendance from communities from several regions of Sabah. The participants from the Sri Lanka knowledge exchange led the training in Sabah and promoted the dissemination of biodigester technology within their home regions. Though the pilot project construction was not able to be completed during the training due to some delays, it is now ready to be tested.

Next steps include another training and pilot biogas digester installation in Malaysia in January 2019.

New Project: Demand-Side Solutions To Financing Sustainable Energy In Southeast Asia

News from WISIONS posted on October 5th, 2018

One of our new SEPS exchange activities builds on the 2017 event, "Financing Renewable Energy in Southeast Asia", which was organised in Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Nexus for Development and supported by WISIONS.Read moreMinimize

This new exchange activity builds on the 2017 event, “Financing Renewable Energy in Southeast Asia”, which was implemented in Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Nexus for Development and supported by Wisions. The event was welcomed by entrepreneurs and financiers in the region as it provided the opportunity for entrepreneurs to exchange and access targeted information, make new connections and engage in networking activities offering real business opportunities.

Building on the success, experience and feedback from last year’s event, Nexus aims to organise an even more valuable knowledge exchange and to further support capacity-building among sustainable and renewable energy entrepreneurs in Asia in general and Southeast Asia in particular.

A workshop is planned to take place in Yangon, Myanmar at the end of February 2019. This workshop will bring together 50 to 70 practitioners (energy entrepreneurs, financial experts and finance providers) from across Asia and Southeast Asia to:

  • Facilitate dialogue and best practice exchange between entrepreneurs;
  • Share updates on the mapping of financing schemes and build the financial capacity of participants;
  • Facilitate coaching meetings between entrepreneurs and financiers; and
  • Develop ‘model training’ materials and a training roadmap to ensure follow-up online training sessions after the event.
Ultimately, the objective is to achieve enhanced dissemination of event outcomes and the mapping exercise through more intense stakeholder outreach and the development of an online database containing all the mapping information.

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