There is Prosperity in the Air…

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.

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About Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet, a diversified global telecommunications group with operations and investments in over 15 countries. His business interests also include renewable energy, financial services, media and hospitality. Masiyiwa serves on a number of international boards, including Unilever, Rockefeller Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory Board, the Africa Progress Panel, the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board for Sustainable Energy, Morehouse College, Hilton Foundation's Humanitarian Prize Jury and the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council. He is one of the founders, with Sir Richard Branson, of the global think tank, the Carbon War Room, and a founding member of the Global Business Coalition on Education. Masiyiwa took over the Chairmanship of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) from Kofi Annan. He is also Chair of the Micronutrient Initiative, a global organization focused on ending child hunger and improving nutrition. In 2012, Masiyiwa was invited by President Obama to address leaders at the Camp David G-8 Summit on how to increase food production and end hunger in parts of Africa. In 2014, Masiyiwa was selected to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”. As a philanthropist, he is a member of the Giving Pledge, and his contributions to education, health and development have been widely recognized. Masiyiwa and his wife finance the Higher Life Foundation, which provides scholarships to over 42,000 African orphans. In 2015, he was the recipient of the International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Award and was presented with a UN Foundation Global Leadership Award for the work of the Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust, which he chairs and helped establish to fund the deployment of African healthcare workers to combat the outbreak in West Africa.

2 thoughts on “There is Prosperity in the Air…

  1. NNAMDI OBIABUNMO

    There are hundreds of communities in Nigeria that need power supply, basically for lighting, security, grain milling purposes, etc.
    In what ways can we partner with you to bring this service/technology to Nigeria/western Africa?

    Regards,

    NNAMDI OBIABUNMO
    Trizech Energy Services Ltd

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  2. Archie Moses Zhomwa

    Thank you sir for the initiative, I have decided to venture into the business of renewable energy and other forms of energy. I cant lie it feels like I am in a competition with a great entity.

    I want to pioneer the use of renewable energy here in Zimbabwe at a large scale. I am still in the research mode.
    Thank you sir. Africa cannot be called a dark continent because we lack enough energy.

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