The Flow is the e-newsletter of the Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNET), a south-south knowledge exchange and advocacy platform to advance local practitioners of small-scale hydropower, made possible by the WISIONS initiative.  

In this issue, we feature the work of HPNET members in Indonesia and Nepal, spotlighting dedicated efforts by communities, private and public actors.  Next, we bring you a new edition of Hidden No More, featuring a conversation with community hydro trailblazer, Victoria Lopez.  From our SEEED initiative, we introduce an upcoming virtual training opportunity on the fundamentals of community-scale hydro.  In our Solutions section we introduce a practical tool to better understand Electronic Load Controllers. Finally, don't miss the latest edition of our video podcast series, StreamSide Chats, featuring an insightful conversation and a field visit to Kalinga, Philippines.

We extend our sincere thanks to our dedicated members and partners for their ongoing support, in spite of challenging circumstances.  As the year comes to a close, we wish you a joyful and safe holiday season, and all the best in 2022!
Member Updates


Member Profile
A post by small-scale hydro entrepreneur, Mr. Komarudin, who introduces us to his business, Protel Multi Energy (PME).  Learn how PME has supported rural energy access for over a decade, in Indonesia and beyond.

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Bom Khola Mini Hydro
A 200kW mini hydropower project takes off in Lukla, Nepal, in the foothills of Mount Everest.  The project was made possible by Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC), ADB and the Lukla community.

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HPNET Thematic Features

Hidden No More

Voices of Women Energy Practitioners
An interview with Victoria Lopez, former Executive Director of SIBAT, who reflects on 27 years in the micro hydro sector and a lifetime of community organizing in the Philippines.
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StreamSide Chats

Edition 4: Socio-environmental Resilience in Kalinga, Philippines
In StreamSide Chats Edition 4, we connect with Ms. Jade Angngalo, Coordinator of the Renewable Energy Program at SIBAT, in the Philippines.  We take a closer look at social and environmental aspects of community hydro, and learn about hydro mini-grids managed by the Kalinga Indigenous people.  Don't miss this chat, which includes a 'streamside' tour of the Balbalasang micro hydro project!
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From our Work Streams
Introducing the “Basics of Electronic Load Controllers (ELCs)", an easy-to-follow factsheet that demystifies ELCs and provides useful tips for equipment selection. 
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Social Enterprise for Energy, Ecological and Economic Development

Knowledge-to-Impact Initiative
Save the date for an upcoming virtual training opportunity on the fundamentals of community-scale hydro! As part of our SEEED Accelerator, we’re offering a 6-week, self-paced training focused on technical and local enterprise aspects of community hydro systems. Read on at the following link and stay tuned for registration details, coming soon! 
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