WindEmpowerment is an association for the development of locally manufactured small wind turbines for sustainable rural electrification. We represent dozens of member organisations, consisting of wind turbine manufacturers, non-governmental organisations, universities, social enterprises, co-operatives, training centres, as well as over 1,000 individual participants across the world.
1.4 billion people in the world today lack access to electricity and in the right context, small wind turbines can provide a viable solution to this problem, allowing remote communities to harness their own natural resources and break out of the poverty trap.
WindEmpowerment is a knowledge sharing platform that links together these members and participants to share their experiences of what works and what doesn’t in the contexts in which they are working, technical advances and other resources so that small wind can become a more viable solution for rural electrification.
The association was founded in 2011 at the World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal. Since that time, our members and participants have communicated primarily through our web site. Our executive board meets via Skype and we use various other digital means of communication to share information (webinars, document library, videos, photos, discussion forum). A second conference was held in Athens in November 2014 and we are already planning for the next!