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.
Where the Winds Meet – Small Wind Turbines in Última Esperanza, Chile
News from WISIONS posted on October 11th, 2017
The activities were carried out in Puerto Natales, in the region of Magallanes in southern Chile, and seeked to build, strengthen and disseminate the local competences that are necessary to:
- Construct, maintain and repair small wind turbines
- Install small wind turbines for off-grid rural electrification
- Measure small wind turbine performances and local wind resources
The farm has difficult access to electricity in the winter, when it mostly depends on a diesel generator. The family participated in the workshop, and is now responsible for the correct operation and maintenance of the system.
A detailed summary of the activities will soon be published on our SEPS project page: “Where the Winds Meet” – Local Construction of Small Wind Turbines in Última Esperanza, Chile.
More information is available on Wind Empowerment's blog.
Wind Empowerment acts as both a central knowledge bank and a facilitator of direct connections between its members (currently 39 organisations).
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 Jessica Rivas.