Luciana and Esteban travel around the country carrying energy . Literally. They are the founders of 500 RPM , a non-profit association that is engaged in social projects of training, manufacturing and installation of low-power wind turbines .
Luciana Proietti and Esteban Van Dam are joined by love and something else. They met in Nicaragua , in the middle of the jungle, where they were both trained with Blue Energy Group , an association that worked with wind energy . There they learned about sustainable energy, fell in love and shaped their project. Then they returned to Argentina to create their own foundation.
The goal was clear: they knew that in our country there were more than 3000 rural schools outside the electricity grid. Since 2012, they have been touring the country to spread the Piggott mills , which they learned to build in Nicaragua. They teach educational institutions, individuals and rural organizations to generate and replicate their own energy.
This is an open patent, easy-to-operate wind tower that was created in 1960 by Scottish Hugh Piggott. Currently, together with more than 40 NGOs around the world, they are part of the international organization Wind Empowerment .
500 RPM already has more than 2000 people trained in the manufacture, installation, operation and maintenance of the mills . Once the members of the association arrive in the rural community, they train the beneficiaries in the assembly of the mill. After the settlement of the tower, the community is summoned to an event so that everyone knows and learn to sip this new form of energy that benefits everyone. After their departure, they continue to follow up the case.
Environmental Conservation Fund
This year, the organization was one of the four winners of the Banco Galicia Award in partnership with Fundación Williams, in the tenth edition of the Environmental Conservation Fund . His project for the training and manufacture of Piggot wind turbines in Epulef Village in Chubut received a prize of 250,000 pesos.
And they're going for a lot more.
Licenciada en Comunicación Social y correctora. Nacida y criada en el oeste del conurbano bonaerense. Sagitariana, vegetariana, crossfitera y viajera. Estoy convencida de que, con las palabras, podemos hacer magia. Pasen y lean.