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New article: "Impacts and sustainability of small-scale renewable energy projects in developing countries"

News from WISIONS posted on August 12th, 2014

The article "A cross-sectional review: Impacts and sustainability of small-scale renewable energy projects in developing countries" written by the WISIONS team has been published in the "Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews" journal and is now available online under an OpenAccess license.Read moreMinimize

Access to sustainable and affordable energy services is a crucial factor in reducing poverty in developing countries. In particular, small-scale and community-based renewable energy projects are recognized as important forms of development assistance for reaching the energy poor. However, to date only a few empirical evaluations exist which analyze and compare the impact of these projects on local living conditions and their sustainability ex-post implementation.

To better understand the impacts and the conditions that influence sustainability of these projects, the research presented in this paper evaluated 23 local development projects post implementation. By applying an standardized evaluation design to a cross-sectional sample in terms of renewable energy sources (solarwindbiomasshydro), user needs (electricityfood preparation, lighting, productive uses), community management models, finance mechanisms and geographical locations, the review results provide valuable insights on the underlying conditions that influence the success or failure of these small-scale local energy interventions.

You can access and download the full paper under an OpenAccess license on the ScienceDirect website.

Selected Projects - SEPS Call in Latin America and the Caribbean

News from WISIONS posted on August 11th, 2014

Following our most recent call for proposals, which focused on the introduction of small-scale energy-efficient renewable energy technologies and knowledge exchanges in Latin America and the Caribbean, we are pleased to advise that the following projects have been selected as being eligible for SEPS support:Read moreMinimize


Solar Mobility in Andean highlands of Argentina
OrganisationFundación EcoAndina
Country: Argentina
Project's aim: to introduce and test electric bikes and electric motorcycles as mobility options in the Andean highlands of Argentina.

Removing barriers to Greenhouse Gas mitigation in medium scale agricultural livestock activities in Mexico
OrganisationIRRI Mexico
Country: Mexico
Project's aim: to enhance the productive use of biogas by small agricultural producers in central Mexico.

Growing Esmeraldas with renewable energy
OrganisationGreen Empowerment
Country: Ecuador
Project's aim: to improve cacao production and processing in order to increase the quality and value of the cacao bean in Ecuador.

Solar Water Pumping in urban areas of Argentina
Organisation: Secretariat of State of the Energy, Province of Santa Fe
Country: Argentina
Project's aim: to install a solar pumping system in urban apartment buildings in Santa Fe, Argentina.


"Dragon del nuevo fuego" - Dragon of the new flame
OrganisationIRRI Mexico
Country: Mexico
Objective of the exchange: to expand the methodology and develop a manual for the arts based implementation of renewable biogas projects in Mexico.

Exchange and capacity-building in energy alternatives for food production
Country: Colombia
Objective of the exchange: to link the concepts of food and energy sovereignty through joint capacity-building, networking and hands-on training in Colombia.

New article: "Small-Scale Energy Interventions in Developing Countries"

News from WISIONS posted on July 28th, 2014

The article "How effective are small-scale energy interventions in developing countries?" written by the WISIONS team provides insights into the influence of socio-economic, geographic and gender factors on small-scale energy projects in developing countries.Read moreMinimize

The 23 projects are supported by SEPSthe Sustainable Energy Project Support scheme of the WISIONS initiative run by the Wuppertal Institute. The cross-sectional evaluation analyses energy needs, systems and technologies and illustrates how non-technical factors have a major influence on sustainability. The article has been published in the journal "Applied Energy" and is available on the ScienceDirect website.

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