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.  

In this issue, we feature the work of HPNET members in Cameroon, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Nepal.  They include solutions for grid interconnection, local capacity building, local manufacturing, and sustainable springsheds.  

From our feature series, we bring you new editions of Earth Voices and Hidden No More, both from Indonesia.  In our Social Enterprise for Energy, Ecological and Economic Development (SEEED) reflection, we discuss the fundamental role of watersheds for sustainable micro hydro.
Member Updates


Micro Hydro Update
HPNET member Atud Jonathan Asaah of Rural Solutions RS updates us on his micro hydro project in Bessi village.

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Odisha Springsheds & Nagaland Pico Hydro
  • Odisha: Gram Vikas snapshots its integrated initiative to rehabilitate springs for water security and community development.
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  • Nagaland: NEPeD explains its holistic approach to pico hydro, supporting local technology development, capacity building and socio-environmental governance. 
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The 100-Year Old Salido-Kecil Mini Hydro Project
The Salido Kecil Mini Hydro Project (MHP) was built at least 100 years ago in West Sumatra and continues to operate. Gerhard Fischer and Ardi Nugraha of PT Entec walk us through the project's path to sustainability.

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Operators Training for the Kobulu Micro Hydro Projects
Tonibung, an indigenous-led NGO based in Malaysia, conducted a training on MH load management for village operators and community members of the Kobulu MHP.

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Management Approaches for Sustainable Hydro Mini-Grids
HPNET member Bikash Uprety shares his thoughts on micro hydro management models, with a focus on Nepal's experience.

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Micro Hydro Videos

Watch videos from our members!
Nepal:  See how locally-rooted micro hydro transformed life in the remote mountainous village of Barpak.

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India:  Learn more about Gram Vikas' initiative to shift the perception around spring-sheds from 'source' to 'resource'.

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HPNET Thematic Features


From our Work Streams
  • Grid Interconnectivity:  HPNET member Jiwan Kumar Mallik and collaborators share Nepal's journey from stand-alone systems to distributed generation.
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  • From HPNET's Social Enterprise for Energy, Ecological and Economic Development (SEEED) Initiative:  Learn why healthy watersheds are quintessential to MHP reliability and sustainability.
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Earth Voices

Voices of Indigenous Communities
From Luku Wingir, Indonesia, where community members work hand-in-hand with a neighbouring village to enable mutual benefits from community-based micro hydro.

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Hidden No More

Voices of Women Energy Practitioners
An interview with Tri Mumpuni, who shares her journey as a female micro hydro practitioner and movement-builder, and her efforts to prepare the next generation of change-makers.
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Video Podcast Series: StreamSide Chats

Episode 2 - Resilient Enterprise
In StreamSide Chats, Edition 2, “Resilient Enterprise” we dive into a discussion with Bir Bahadur Ghale, the legendary mini hydro entrepreneur from Nepal.  Moderated by senior expert Bikash Pandey, the chat first covers the scale up of hydro mini-grids in Nepal, including access to finance and institutional setup.  It then provides a rare, firsthand glimpse into the journey of an accomplished community hydro entrepreneur.  Stay tuned for the release of Edition 2 this month -- subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

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