Location: Playa Blanca, Piura, Perú
Date of Installation: June 2012
- Installation of a WindAid 4.0 (Peak 2500 Watt wind turbine). Now being serviced but we are discussing replacement since there is a newer, larger school.
- Since July 2014, WindAid’s model is to build a smaller WindAid 1.7 turbine (500 Watt peak) per house for every house that wants one.
|Equipment installed||500 Watt Peak HAWT – Piggott inspired design from WindAid – locally manufactured
|Energy Demand||Originally just for the school but now installing for any household. Typically, the turbine is used to power:
|Financing||The end user pays a monthly fee for maintenance:
|Ownership & Management||All operation and maintenance is community-based:
WindAid is accessible:
|Problems & Solution||Playa Blanca is an incredible community in that they are focused on living in and creating for not only themselves but as an example to the communities around them, a sustainable town. To that end, they have been incredible in working with WindAid.We have run into several functional problems:
Ultimately it has been the communities’ passion, and the enthusiasm of the volunteers that has allowed us to overcome all of these barriers, and install in Playa Blanca every turbine we are able to build with the groups that come down.
|Highlights||This project is long-term with full support of the community, and their involvement. Despite the many hurdles we have hit along the way, the community has always been highly enthusiastic about finding a way to make powering their town with wind a reality. The longevity of the program allows volunteers to almost completely fund the project. It also allows for so many more things, such as:
For more information about WindAid, check out their member page http://windempowerment.org/windaid/