Mission: blueEnergy is a nonprofit organization that provides a sustainable solution to the energy needs of marginalized communities through the construction, installation, and maintenance of hybrid wind and solar electric systems. blueEnergy manufactures wind turbines and other key components locally, near their point of usage, to create the capacity needed to support the long-term operation of the systems. blueEnergy’s approach creates employment where it is desperately needed and ensures sustainability, the most critical factor in keeping the life-cycle cost of the energy service affordable.
Programs: Energy Services - Bringing electricity to underserved peoples using locally manufactured wind turbines and technologies such as solar power.
Capacity Building - Training local students, teachers, technicians, and community members to build, install, and maintain renewable energy systems.
Support Studies - Carrying out key studies to support the development of renewable energy systems in the region: wind resource study, energy need / market study, and an environmental impact study.
I've been a donor of blueEnergy since almost its inception, and have followed the organization's progress closely. In contrast to many organizations, blueEnergy takes a long-term approach to development, and understands that short-term, immediate impact is often…short-term impact. Their deep commitment to the communities they serve stands in stark and powerful contrast to the "soccer ball flashlight" style of project that gets a lot of attention but delivers little real, lasting value.