HPNET-Skat Fundamentals of Community-Scale Hydro Training: Registration Form
​​HPNET is excited to offer a 6-week training: The Fundamentals of Community-Scale Hydro Mini-Grids. The training is made possible through support from Skat Foundation, DGRV, GIZ, and WISIONS. Focused on technical and local enterprise aspects of community hydro systems, the self-paced, virtual training will take place from Feb. 7 to March 18, 2022, and is offered at no cost. The training is part of HPNET’s Social Enterprise for Energy, Ecological and Economic Development (SEEED) Accelerator designed for local practitioners.

While technical in focus, the training emphasizes climate resilience and other socio-environmental co-benefits. An engineering or science background can be beneficial but is not required. The modules are as follows:
- Orientation to Hydro Mini-Grids
- Social Enterprise Models for Mini-Grids
- Demand Assessment
- Water Resource Assessment
- Terrain Assessment
- Power Output Design

Participants are encouraged to attend a live kick-off session on February 7, as well as weekly live sessions for Q&A and discussion for each module of the 6-week program. In between the live sessions participants will be expected to do self-paced learning using the SEEED learning management system, featuring videos, articles, quizzes and discussion forums. The live synchronous sessions will be planned for morning Sub-Saharan Africa and afternoon/evening Asia Pacific time zones.

The time commitment for each of the 6 training modules is estimated as follows:
- Kickoff session: 1 hour (Optional)
- Live Q&A and peer-to-peer dialogue: 1 to 2 hours./week (Optional)
- Self-work: 1 to 2 hours/week (Required)

All interested individuals are welcome to apply by filling out this form by February 1, 2022.
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Email *
First Name *
Last Name *
Organization or institution affiliation (if any) *
Organization or institution website (if any) *
Gender *
Which of these best describes your role and/or the role of your organization? *
Is your organization local, national, or international? *
Where are you based? (Province/state/district and country) *
Where do you have active projects / where are you currently working? (Province/state(s) and country/countries) *
Do you work in the energy access space and/or small-scale hydropower sector? If so, for how long have you worked in the sector? *
Is there a specific small-scale hydro community/project/program that would benefit from your participation in this training? If so, in what capacity will you be involved in the community/project program? *
What scale of community hydro are you engaged in, if any? *
Please indicate your level of familiarity with the following subtopics. (Please note that not all of the topics listed will be covered in the training. Those not covered will be provided in future training opportunities.) *
Not familiar at all
Somewhat familiar
Very familiar
Basics of technical system design
Mini-grid governance and social enterprise models
Demand assessment
Water resource assessment
Terrain assessment
Power output design
Socio-environmental aspects (e.g. livelihoods, agriculture, gender, climate adaptation, traditional ecological knowledge, etc.)
Which of the following areas do you face the most difficulty? (Please note that not all of the topics listed will be covered in the training. Those not covered will be provided in future training opportunities.) *
Please let us know why you wish to participate and what you hope to take away from the training: *
Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
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