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LN – Sustainability: the couple that travels through Argentina promoting the use of wind energy


Luciana with her husband in the rural school of Los Gigantes, in the High Summits of Córdoba, where they installed Wind Turbines.

Luciana Proietti is a Cordoba woman who at 28 was traveling through Europe and was working in different NGOs as a volunteer when she heard about Blue Energy Group, an association in the middle of the jungle of Nicaragua, which worked with wind energy.
“It was the dream of the kid,” summarizes.

Without hesitation, he traveled from London to the Latin American country and began working and training in this organization. But not only did he learn about sustainable energy, he also met another Argentinian with his same passion for caring for the environment.
“In addition to the love that arose between us the love for wind energy appeared,” Luciana says, laughing. Together with Esteban Vandam, they returned to Argentina to create their own foundation.

“We knew that in our country there were more than 3000 rural schools outside the electricity grid and we wanted to bring them this kind of energy that we knew,” explains Luciana, who before embarking on this trip had received a psychologist. That same year, they founded
500 RPM, a nonprofit association that is dedicated to social training projects, manufacturing and installation of low power wind turbines.
“We are nomads who with their duffel bags and logistics go all over Argentina”says Luciana.


The foundation trains rural residents in the installation and replica of mills.
The foundation trains rural residents in the installation and replica of mills.

Since 2012, they have toured the country “from Salta to Tierra del Fuego” and through the dissemination of 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.

“We present to you an open patent wind tower, characterized by its simplicity and robustness, which was created in 1960 by the Scottish Hugh Piggott. The idea is to take it all over the world.
Currently, we are one of the more than 40 NGOs that make up the international Wind Empowerment organization “, the psychologist details.

The mill, with a horizontal axis and three blades, can be manufactured in six different nominal powers ranging from 200 to 1000W. At the moment, 500 RPM has more than 2000 people trained in its manufacture, installation, operation and maintenance. In addition, they have already benefited more than 1000 people.

Installation of the mills

When choosing the place of placement of the wind generators, from the foundation they take into account which are the isolated rural areas where the wind is abundant. “We have several projects in the Patagonian regions of exceptional winds such as Chubut, Río Negro, south of the province of Buenos Aires, downtown in Córdoba and San Luis, in Mendoza and in the Calchaquí Valleys of Salta,” says the activist.

Once the members of the association arrive in the rural community, they train the beneficiaries in the assembly of the mill. “If we have at least 20 people, it takes us about five days, working eight hours, to make a wind turbine. Then, it takes us a day and a half to properly accommodate it,” Luciana explains.

After the settlement of the tower, from the NGO they summon the community “to a social event” so that “everyone knows and learns”. They, after their departure, continue to follow up on the case.


The couple's hope is that the wind towers will replace the generator sets.
The couple's hope is that the wind towers will replace the generator sets.

“These projects significantly reduce greenhouse gases. In addition to being an electricity generator, it raises awareness in people and in the long run you can create more robust equipment that replaces the generator sets,” concludes the graduate.

500 RPM receives financial support from WISIONS of Sustainability; of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Ministry of Education of the Nation.

Winners of the Environmental Conservation Fund

This year, the organization founded by Proeitti and Vandam was one of the four winners of the Banco Galicia Award in alliance with the Williams Foundation, in the tenth edition of the Environmental Conservation Fund.

His project for the training and manufacturing of Piggot wind turbines in the Epulef Village of Chubut, received a prize of 250,000 pesos.


500 RPM was one of the winners of the Environmental Conservation Fund award.
500 RPM was one of the winners of the Environmental Conservation Fund award.

Also, with that money, from 500 RPM they will install an efficient electronic control system of micro diesel-wind networks that will allow an estimated fuel savings of 9,000 pesos per month and a greenhouse gas saving of 2.75 kg of carbon dioxide. carbon (CO2)

The plan will favor 62 students, teachers and non-teachers of School No. 129 and, in total, 251 rural residents, whose rights such as access to education, information, health, communication and recreation are affected daily by diesel systems highly polluting, expensive and inefficient.

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