MinVayu Small Wind placed 2nd for the 2012 Richard Heinberg Sustainability Prizes sponsored by the Foundation for a Sustainable Future. They also received a prize from the “The Oil Age Is Over” category sponsored by the Stiefel Family Foundation.
MinVayu aimed to meet the need for power in Indian villages by training, supplying and supporting rural mechanics to build, install and maintain a low cost wind turbine. MinVayu consisted of affordable small wind turbines, and a training program for village mechanics, that allowed access to wind-powered electricity to be scaled to a significant proportion of India’s 98 million rural dwellers that have wind, but don’t have reliable electricity. They are no longer operating.