Wind Empowerment

Wind Empowerment is an association for the development of locally built small wind turbines for sustainable rural electrification, which has been supported by the WISIONS initiative since the middle of 2014. The regional partnership WindWorks, which aimed for the promotion of small-scale wind turbines in Latin America, merged with WindEmpowerment in 2014. WindWorks was initiated and supported by WISIONS, in close cooperation with Green Empowerment from 2011 - 2014.

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New SEPS Call 2017 for Projects and Exchange Activities

News from WISIONS posted on May 18th, 2017

The first SEPS call of 2017 is open! Our aim this time is on both our focus regions, Latin America and the Caribbean and South and South East Asia. Read moreMinimize

The countries considered for this call are those within the Caribbean, South and Central America, as well as Southern and South East Asia, according to UN definition.

We are offering support for the introduction of small-scale renewable energy technologies as well as for knowledge exchange activities.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 23 June 2017, 4 PM GMT.

What type of PROJECTS are we looking for?

This call is open to projects that demonstrate the application of sustainable energy technologies in different contexts: for example, projects might aim to meet energy needs for reliable electricity or heat supply, for food processing and conservation, or for water pumping and treatment. The target groups could be small individual farmers, agro-businesses or small companies, as well as the wider community or municipality.

According to the technical focus of our supported practitioner networks in the target regions, we would be particularly interested in projects that focus on biogas, pico or micro-hydro power and small wind technologies. We are also receptive to projects that demonstrate the application of other renewable energy technologies or hybrid approaches. 

See details on criteria and SEPS project application procedure: SEPS Projects.

What type of EXCHANGE ACTIVITIES are we looking for?

The proposed SEPS Knowledge Exchanges should allow for interaction between practitioners with significant experience in the implementation of decentralised renewable energy solutions in the target region(s).

SEPS Knowledge Exchange activities should relate to one or more of the following focus areas: 

  • Capacity-building South-South
  • Mutual learning
  • Practice-to-policy exchange
  • Avocacy and awareness-raising activities

See details on criteria and SEPS exchange activities application procedure: SEPS Exchange Activities.

What has been supported so far?

To date, SEPS has supported 110 projects and exchanges across the world and these are all featured on our website, illustrating the lessons learned in the field: SEPS – Project List.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 23 June 2017, 4 PM GMT.

The application forms and supporting documents must be submitted in English. Applications written in other languages will not be considered. 


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Activities

Wind Empowerment acts as both a central knowledge bank and a facilitator of direct connections between its members (currently 39 organisations).

Annual Conference

The third annual conference of Wind Empowerment took place from 14 to 19 November 2016 at two different venues in the Patagonian region of Argentina. A comprehensive conference documentation is available here:WEPatagonia2016. A short kick-off video made by Cutral-Có is available here: 

Information on the previous event can be found here: WEAthens2014.

Online Platform
The webpage of Wind Empowerment is a rich source of information and an exchange platform for the members, as well as for other people interested in the network and the technology. It covers not only recent news and event information, but also contains a library of documents and articles on wind technology, research background, broadcasts and the latest information on working groups. In addition, lively dialogue takes place in the discussion forums and webinars offer background information on relevant current topics.

Working groups
Wind Empowerment Working Groups (WGs) have been set up to actively address the key barriers facing the development of small wind technology for rural development. Currently, these consist of:

  • Market Assessment
  • Delivery Models
  • Maintenance
  • Technology
  • Measurement
  • Education

Network events

Despite the staggering array of digital technologies available and used across the network, follow up meetings in person are essential to allow members to discuss their experiences face to face, share practical skills and build lasting relationships. Two events have so far taken place.

SEPS exchanges – linked to Wind Empowerment

In the last calls for SEPS project support WISIONS selected the following exchange activities from members of Wind Empowerment.

Modular Power to the People: Democratising Energy Access through Modular Power Electronics Systems

“Where the Winds Meet” – Local Construction of Small Wind Turbines in Última Esperanza, Chile

Background and development of WindEmpowerment

Prior to the establishment of WindEmpowerment, there were many unrelated organisations around the world that were using small wind power to electrify rural areas, with varying levels of success.

In 2011 in Dakar, Senegal, many of these organisations met for the first time and formed the WindEmpowerment association.  The aim was to bridge the geographical gap between its members by providing a global platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration. Shortly after the inaugural event in Dakar, the online platform WindEmpowerment.org was created, which allowed knowledge to be exchanged via webinars, a document library, a discussion forum, news articles and, of course, by Skype and email.

Coordination and support

The WindEmpowerment network is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and is supported by several organisations, one of which is the WISIONS initiative. The coordinating person is Jon Sumanik-Leary.