JULY 2020

The Flow is the quarterly 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.  This issue focuses on manufacturing, load management, grid interconnection, and COVID-19 recovery and resilience through micro hydro.
Member Updates


Capacity Develoment: Turgo Turbine Project
HPNET Member Biraj Gautam shares his insights on a recent project to develop Nepal's capacity to manufacture Turgo turbines locally, through a unique technology transfer model.

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Community-Based MHP in Abra & Mindanao
Despite COVID-related challenges, HPNET members Yamog and SIBAT remain optimistic and steadfast in their missions.
  • YAMOG: Advancing a holistic, community-based approach in ongoing projects in Mindanao.
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  • SIBAT: A pioneer micro hydro system gets an upgrade, after catalyzing energy access in Abra. 
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Sri Lanka

Micro/Pico Hydro Withstand the Test of Time
HPNET member Padma Dewa Samaranayaka of the the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLSEA) visits two project sites, both operating well after 7-8 years of operation.

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Micro Hydro Videos

Watch videos from our members!
Philippines:  Upgrading the Dulao micro hydro system, plus a snapshot of SIBAT's holistic, community-based approach.

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HPNET Thematic Features

Earth Voices

Voices of Indigenous Communities
From Tat Gone, an Indigenous pico hydro community in Myanmar, where local change-makers catalyze watershed restoration for energy access and cultural resilience.

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Hidden No More

Voices of Women Energy Practitioners
An interview with Resha Piya  her vision and journey trailblazing a sustainable approach to micro hydro in Nepal.

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Video Podcast Series: StreamSide Chats

Episode 1 - Recovery and Resilience
Did you hear about our new video podcast series, StreamSide Chats?  In StreamSide Chats, Edition 1, “Recovery and Resilience” we dive into a discussion on the centrality of energy access within an inclusive COVID-19 recovery and long-term resilience, shedding light on small-scale hydropower as a proven solution to support resilient rural livelihoods and sustainable socioeconomic impact.

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From our Work Streams
  • Manufacturing: The "why" and "how" of manufacturing standards for micro/mini hydro quality verification.
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  • Controllers & Load Management: New short videos accompany our Micro Hydro Toolkit for practitioners.
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Sector News and Resources

Publications and Reports

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Micro Hydro in the News

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WE'RE HIRING: Are you a skilled communicator with a passion for sustainable energy access? Consider applying to be our next Communications Coordinator, to help anchor the next phase of HPNET’s knowledge exchange, strategic advocacy, and network operations. 

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