Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has partnered with Masdar, a green energy group, to bring renewable power to developing nations. The joint public-private initiation called Wind for Prosperity will kick off in Kenya. The companies will identify ideal locations to install hybrid wind/advanced diesel generation systems to operate on local mini electric grids.
Wind for Prosperity combines robust, factory-refurbished wind turbines with advanced diesel power generation to create hybrid systems that are well-suited to operate on mini-grids in remote locations with limited infrastructure. These Vestas turbines are easy to transport and erect; they have a proven track record and are easy to maintain.
"Many of the world's most underserved citizens rely primarily on diesel generators for what power they have, which is expensive and polluting," said Morten Albaek, Vestas senior vice president, according to Wind Power Monthly. "Wind for Prosperity uses Vestas' unique weather data processing capabilities to identify energy-poor but wind-rich areas where Vestas' wind hybrid solutions can power social and economic growth."
The project will start in 13 communities in Kenya, which have about 200,000 residents total. The companies will also be working in conjunction with the Kenyan government and utility Kenya Power through development of the project. Vestas said the project aims to install the hybrid power generation system in 100 communities reaching at least one million people in the next three years. Additional opportunities are being explored in countries such as Ethiopia, Tanzania, Yemen, Pakistan, Vietnam, and Nicaragua.