Econet Wireless has joined ‘Wind for Prosperity, an initiative ran by Vesta, a Danish wind energy group, to build small wind power generators across Africa.
This programme was created to provide power to people living in the rural areas as well as small unreachable towns.
“Wind-for-Prosperity is exactly the kind of ambitious and bold initiative that needs pursuing if we are to combat energy poverty. I am a firm believer that we need to think differently and be more creative with technology in order to deliver sustainable sources of power to the millions of people across the world, living beyond the reach of the grid. I am particularly interested in the potential of affordable electricity to boost agricultural productivity and create jobs. I am therefore very pleased that our energy division, which works on renewable energy solutions for Africa, is part of the consortium of investors, who are partnering with Vestas, to create Wind-for-Prosperity, to bring solutions to remote communities in several African countries,” said Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Chairman of Econet.
So this development main aim is to generate wind energy to electricity which means there will be sufficient electricity for communities lighting requirements, the pumping of water and also small cottage industries.
Wind for Prosperity, has already completed the first round of financing for its first project which will roll out 13 wind generators in Kenya supplying power to more than 250,000 people.
“This technology is remarkable and will enable us to meet the electricity needs of millions of people across Africa, in a cost-effective and highly flexible way. Econet is already an active player in providing power solutions, using solar power, and sees the use of wind as a natural and complimentary extension to its current work. We at Econet are committed to not only finding solutions for the problems facing people in Africa, but we are committed to renewable solutions,” continued Masiyiwa.