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Vestas Supplies Refurbished Wind Turbines to Developing World
« on: November 26, 2013, 08:20:08 pm »
11/25/2013 12:11 PM            

Vestas Supplies Refurbished Wind Turbines to Developing World

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To help the developing world stop relying on dirty diesel generators and switch to clean energy, wind turbine manufacturer Vestas and Masdar's renewable energy arm are bringing hybrid wind to rural communities that are off the grid.

Their collaboration, "Wind for Prosperity", plans to bring wind energy to one million people in 100 communities in the next three years.

"This is one of the biggest corporate initiatives to combat energy poverty and deploy green technology in developing countries. It's a triple win - generating growth, reducing pollution, and doing both profitably," says Morten Albęk, Group Senior Vice President for Vestas.

Communities will receive factory-refurbished wind turbines that are easy to transport, erect and maintain, combined with advanced diesel for backup.



Using Vestas's weather data processing capabilities, the partners are identifying parts of the world that desperately need energy and where there's lots of wind.
Masdar will serve as project developer and Vestas will focus on project design and sourcing and refurbishing wind turbines.

About 13 communities in Kenya - where about 200,000 people live - will be the first project sites starting in mid-2014, in partnership with investment group Frontier Investment Management. Other countries that are on their short list: Ethiopia, Tanzania, Yemen, Pakistan, Vietnam, and Nicaragua.

"We expect this to be a successful investment commercially -adding to the bottom line in the near term and helping to open new markets to wind energy further down the line," says Albęk.

"There was a time when corporate executives like me would throw money at solving these problems, ignoring our business savvy, our models, our metrics, in the spirit of aid. But we arguably did more harm than good -- and we certainly haven't solved the problem of poverty. So I believe it's time for a new vision.

It's time for partnerships that promote collaboration, not dependency. It's time for investment, not charity. It's time to deploy the world-class knowledge and technology we have, putting it to use for profit -- in multiple senses of that word. It's time for an initiative like Wind for Prosperity," says Albęk.

"We can help bring the many benefits of electrification -- improved health care, brighter educational prospects, easier access to water, better tools for agriculture, some new jobs, a big boost to business. We can lower the cost of electricity generation by at least 30 percent. We can take fuel trucks off the road and provide an alternative to the dirty diesel that, if even available, is often the only power-generating option. And we can make money doing it. It's a win-win-win-win scenario. Who could or would say no?"  ;D

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Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. Pr. 13:12

 

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