JUNE 2022

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 India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, and Malawi, shedding light on multifaceted aspects of community-scale hydro, from turbine manufacturing to Indigenous-led watershed restoration. From our feature series, we bring you a new edition of Hidden No More, featuring a conversation with community hydro trailblazer, Urmila Senapati.  From our SEEED initiative, we bring you an exciting lineup of updates and opportunities from our SEEED Accelerator, featuring our new E-Learning series.  From our Earth Voices initiative, we bring you a deep-dive discussion with Hon. Adrian Banie Lasimbang, from the kick-off for our E-Learning course, “Climate Resilient Solutions to Hydro Mini-Grids”. Stay tuned for the latest edition of our video podcast series, StreamSide Chats, coming soon! 

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Member Updates

UN-DESA Symposium

Symposium on Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions 
From June 13-15, 2022, three HPNET members are presenting at the Global Symposium on Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions.

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2022 SEforALL Forum 

SDG7 Advocacy
From May 17-19, 2022, several HPNET members and partners attended and presented at the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Forum in Kigali, Rwanda.

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International Rivers Brief

Spotlight on Community-Scale Hydro 
International Rivers featured community-scale hydropower and HPNET in a blog post and brief titled Sustainable Energy for all: making a case for community-scale micro-hydro as the solution. The publication highlights successful case studies from Nepal, Pakistan and Northeast India, demonstrating how community hydro fosters community-led energy access. 

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Upscaling Pico Hydro
Snapshot of Community Pride
Self-taught entrepreneur, Aman Dobriyaal, has built and helped install over 700 pico hydro units in remote corners of India, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.  He shares a video of community pride derived from his localized approach.

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Partnerships: Meghalaya and Nagaland, India
The Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA) in the northeastern Indian state of Meghalaya has launched a pico hydro program, with capacity building support being provided by HPNET Member, NEPeD.

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Advocacy Meeting
Local practitioners, including members of the association Asosiasi Hidro Bandung (AHB), met at the Hydropower Competence Centre (HYCOM) to strategize how best to advocate for the government to alleviate policy bottlenecks.

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2nd Asia Parks Congress
HPNET Board Member, Hon. Adrian Banie Lasimbang presented at the 2nd Asia Parks Congress, shedding light on the ways in which Indigenous-led watershed conservation contributes to biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation.

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Member Updates from Nepal
Turgo Turbine Workshop
An in-person three-day workshop on Turgo turbine design and manufacturing was conducted by PEEDA, NYSE, Turbine Testing Lab-KU, University of Bristol, and HPNET.

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Honouring NYSE Founder
Nepal YantraShala Energy (NYSE) released a video and biography to honour late founder, Shyam Raj Pradhan, who was involved in manufacturing the first micro hydro turbine in Nepal in 1962.

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Mini Hydro Commissioning & Capacity Building
Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihoods (RERL) conducted power output testing for the 500kW Phawa Khola Mini Hydro Project and held a Mason Training in East Rukum.

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Nepal Electric Cooking Outreach (ECO) National Workshop
Findings were presented from four MECS electric cooking pilot studies carried out by ECO Challenge Fund awardees: IRADe, PEEDA, Practical Action, Practical Action Consulting, and Winrock International.

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Rewarding Entrepreneurship
Self-taught Malawian Manufacturer, Hastings Mkandawire, recently received a prestigious award from the Technical, Entrepreneurial, Vocational Education and Training Authority (Teveta).

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HPNET Thematic Features

Earth Voices

Indigenous-led Solutions
Building onto our Earth Voices blog series, we’re taking further steps to learn from Indigenous leaders and organizations working at the intersection of Indigenous-led conservation and energy access.  In the kick-off of our recent SEEED E-Learning course, “Climate Resilient Solutions to Hydro Mini-Grids”, we were privileged to connect with Hon. Adrian Banie Lasimbang, Advisor for TONIBUNG and JOAS and Board Member for the Right Energy Partnership (REP) and HPNET.
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Hidden No More

Voices of Women Energy Practitioners
An interview with Urmila Senapati, a community hydro pioneer in her own right who led community development initiatives in Odisha, India for over three decades with Gram Vikas.  Urmila reflects on her journey in the sector and vision for community-led solutions.
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Social Enterprise for Energy, Ecological and Economic Development

HPNET's accelerator for knowledge-to-impact
Our SEEED Accelerator is off to a flying start! The Accelerator is designed to unlock the potential of hydro mini-grid practitioners and communities to generate long-term, wide-reaching benefits from their energy system. 

Opportunity: Turgo Turbine E-Course 
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E-Learning: Three Courses & More to Come
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Field-Based Workshop in Kalinga, Philippines
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Introducing the SEEED E-Learning Platform
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StreamSide Chats

Edition 5: Coming Soon!
Stay tuned for StreamSide Chats Edition 5, coming soon!  This upcoming edition features a conversation with self-taught Malawian entrepreneur, Hastings Mkandawire.  Check out earlier editions of the StreamSide Chats video podcast below.
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