Hi guys ! Last year I worked on a campaign to make a school in Croatia go energy independent. We raised on Indiegogo 10.000 USD and another 20.000 USD from other sources, including the UNDP.
Check out this campaign to see how they are doing it in
So the main premise of the workshop is that arts can help citizens and communities be more acceptive of wind farms in the vicinity. Instead of seeing the turbines just as pieces of technology. they might also become sources for inspiration and admiration.
The series was initiated by myself and several colleagues, who all work in the renewable energy sector, mainly in research institutes and NGOs. We are after any kind of participants from any background. There isn't any specific group we are targeting.
The participants are engaged firstly through a discussion about renewable energy and energy cooperatives, after which there is a workshop where they literally make the models. Each person has a different view on how she/he would like to see turbines in their vicinity develop. So through this workshop they have a chance to express themselves. After the workshop, the creations can be carried home or in the case of Berlin workshop, they were actually displayed as part of the Energiewendekunst exhibition.
Energy has always effected our landscape. But before a fossil fuel plant could have been built in any location, potentially far away from any communities. Renewables are different because they depend on available potentials, which are more often than not located near people. So through art wind turbines could be made an additions to the landscape, instead of disturbances,m as they are often seen.
We want to make Pimp my wind turbine a global movement. So please let me know if you wanna organise an event like this in your community.
Hi ! The school is a member of the local energy cooperative. So the ones involved the most were the cooperative members and the schools principal as the main school representative. Apart from this, the kids were educated about energy efficiency measures like turning off the lights, monitor screens etc. which they started implementing. The staff were on the other hand sticking to the margins and not so involved, apart from some great exceptions. For instance, one teacher organised a workshop where the kids made postcards that were then sent to the donors of the crowdfunding campaign.
After the campaign ended, the main challenge was on how to actually spend the money. So real projects started happening only after half a year. Currently the school is in the process of installing solar PV units. Also they have refurbished the roof to make it more energy efficient and have changed the lights.