The Clean Energy Initiative
Providing sustainable energy and employment from locally manufactured micro-wind turbines
The project, founded in 2009, aims to provide electricity to rural areas using sustainable energy generated from micro wind turbines. The majority of the population in Northern Mozambique lives in rural areas, which commercial utilities, using conventional approaches, cannot connect to the power grid. This gap can be filled through the use of wind turbines. The initiative introduces wind power as an affordable source of energy through the provision of robust locally-manufactured wind turbines. There is a wealth of recycled automotive parts and reusable scrap metal available locally. By tapping into these local recycling networks for the fabrication of wind turbines, the initiative advocates a sustainable ‘zero-waste’ principle.
The initiative advocates a sustainable ‘zero-waste’ principle and fully promotes renewable energy sources. The project will also generate employment and promotes entrepreneurial skills through a vocational training programme for local entrepreneurs. The initiative aims to train up to 10-12 apprentices, trainees and members of rural communities per year. The vocational training programme for local entrepreneurs not only builds local capacities but also provides income generation and future employment perspectives. Company profits will be reinvested into ‘The Clean Energy Community Fund’, which will subsidise and facilitate micro-enterprise set to a community micro-grid and turbine maintenance.
The Clean Energy Company oversees the manufacturing, installation and maintenance of the micro wind turbines.
Serralharia Angelina helps with sourcing local components and materials, and with manufacturing the turbine’s alternator frame mounting tower.
Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) assists in the selection and support of low-income rural communities seeking to use wind power.
The Eduardo Mondlane University offers the vocational training workshop facilities relating to renewable energy provision and rural electrification.