This week we are joining forces with a Danish company, called Vestas, which builds wind turbines, to launch an initiative, which is called Wind for Prosperity (WFP). Vestas is the world’s leading company in the development of wind energy www.vestas.com.
Vestas, have installed more than 50.000 wind generators around the world, with an installed capacity of 57 GW, which is almost twice the electrical generating capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa (est. 28 GW – World Bank).Wind energy like solar energy is free, and it is all around us. Harnessing it however is not free, and it takes ingenuity to be able to use it effectively to benefit communities and businesses. It is also a renewable energy, which will save our forests and enable us to protect our fragile environment.
Vestas, have one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, which enable them to know exactly how much wind is available in any part of the world. The amount of wind required, to power one of their hi-tech wind generators, is not very much, as you might imagine; and Africa, has a lot of wind. We at Econet are teaming up with Vestas, and other partners, to develop the use of wind energy across Africa. We believe wind is particularly suited for powering up small communities, villages, towns, as well as businesses, like remote mines and plantations.
The first project under Wind for Prosperity will be in Kenya, where 13 wind generators, are being installed, that will provide power for villages, with 250,000 people. We are already looking at other countries in Africa, for the next projects. This amazing initiative will create tens of thousands of jobs by empowering small businesses, whilst also improving the quality of people’s lives.
Strive Masiyiwa is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Econet Group. He serves on several international boards including Unilever, and the Global Advisory boards of the Council on Foreign Relations and Stanford University. A board member of the Rockefeller Foundation for 15 years, he also serves as Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He is a co-founder of the Carbon War Room, Pathways for Prosperity, and the Global Business Coalition on Education. He and his wife, Tsitsi, co-founded the Higherlife Foundation and are signators of the Giving Pledge.View all posts by Strive Masiyiwa