Following the conference in Dakar in February, an association called WindEmpowerment has been set up.

WindEmpowerment supports the development of locally built wind turbines for sustainable rural electrification. This is achieved by strengthening the capacity of its members through:

  1. Building and sharing financial and human resource connections
  2. Performing joint technical research, sharing technical information and collaborating on key vendor relationships
  3. Strengthening understanding of business and social models for effective implementation of small wind technology

Guiding principles

1) Open information sharing
2) Respect licensing rights where they exist
3) Work together collaboratively
4) Accept of different views and different communication and work styles
5) Work for the success of all
6) Inclusive – get others to join, collaborate with association
7) Make a reasonable effort to build consensus on decisions

Membership criteria
Collaborator classes & qualifications:

  • – Member: Must be an institution, implies voting rights, must align with full mission
  • – Participant: Can be an individual, no voting rights, website access, can just be an interested party

There is also a Facebook page for WindEmpowerment.

About hugh

I live off-grid in NW Scotland and have spent my life playing with wind turbines. I also love small hydros. Hands on renewable energy is my thing and I like to learn and to share my experiences.
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