Wind Empowerment

Wind Empowerment is a global association for the development of locally-manufactured small wind turbines (SWTs) for sustainable rural electrification. It aims to strengthen the capacity of its members through collaboration and knowledge exchange to promote and support small wind technology as a viable solution for rural electrification.

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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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Wind Empowerment is an association for the development of locally manufactured small wind turbines for sustainable rural electrification. They represent dozens of member organisations, consisting of wind turbine manufacturers, NGOs, universities, social enterprises, cooperatives, training centres, as well as over 1,000 individual participants across the world.

The association was founded in 2011 at the World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal. 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 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.

Mission & Goals 

Wind Empowerment supports the development of locally-built wind turbines for sustainable rural electrification by strengthening the capacity of its members globally through:

  • Building and sharing financial and human resource connections
  • Performing joint technical research, sharing technical information and collaborating on key vendor relationships
  • Strengthening understanding of business and social models for the effective implementation of small wind technology
  • Managing projects, offering consultancy services and developing/distributing products in line with the association’s guiding principles


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


The Wind Empowerment conferences, which take place every 2 years, have been key in building and maintaining the relationships between individuals and organisations that form the basis of the network. Despite the staggering array of digital technologies available and used across the network, it has become clear  that face-to-face follow up meetings are essential to allow members to discuss their experiences in person, share practical skills and build trust and partnerships. The last conference took place from in November 2016 at two different venues in the Patagonian region of Argentina. A comprehensive conference documentation is available here:WEPatagonia2016.

Online Platform
The webpage of Wind Empowerment is a rich source of information and serves as 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 the webinars offer background information on relevant current topics.

Working Groups
The Working Groups (WGs) have been set up to actively address the key barriers facing the development of small wind technology for rural development. The six WGs are:

In 2016 all six working groups started to develop so-called kick-starter projects to ensure a more intensive form of collaboration within clearly targeted projects or studies.

Coordination & Support

The Wind Empowerment 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.

The regional partnership WindWorks, which aimed for the promotion of small-scale wind turbines in Latin America, merged with Wind Empowerment in 2014. WindWorks was initiated and supported by WISIONS, in close cooperation with Green Empowerment from 2011 - 2014.