Green.org sat down with Kevin Wolf, the CEO & Founder of Wind Harvest, to learn more about how they have raised over $1.4M to tap into unused wind energy.
When placed on existing wind farms, Wind Harvesters can double the land’s energy output with minimal environmental impacts. One hundred forty gigawatts of power—enough energy to supply 120 million households around the world with electricity—could be readily available by simply adding Wind Harvesters to the best 20% of existing wind farms. That is a vast, easy-to-tap market with zoning and key infrastructure already in place.
Tell us a little bit about you and your background:
I graduate with a degree in Evolution and Ecology, fell in love with rivers as a rafting guide and worked for my first ten years as the director of organizing for Friends of the River. I then started my own consulting company that focused on consensus-based facilitation and support for complex environmental disputes and organizational strategic planning.
This led me to helping the Wind Harvest Company who then asked me to join their team and help co-found Wind Harvest International. I’ve worked for this company since and became CEO in late 2019 where I organized a successful crowdfunding campaign which raised $1.4M and rejuvinated the company.
What is a fun fact about you?
I am a co-founder of N Street Cohousing where I have lived for over 30 years. I continue to guide whitewater rafting trips and teach others to guide.
Why do you think climate change and sustainability is such an important topic today?
If we don’t get CO2 levels to lower below 300 PPM, we will likely create so many problems that many species will go extinct and human suffering will skyrocket.
What do you envision your industry looking like 10 years from now?
Wind farms with good mid-level winds (about 20%) will have added H-type vertical axis wind turbines like our Wind Harvesters and will double or triple this windy resources energy output. Much of that energy will be used to electrolyze water into H2 gas.Off-shore wind turbines will be floating and producing wind for coastal cities around the world.
What can the average person do to make a difference?
People can invest some of their money in technology startups that can make a difference and amplify their support through social media. Given the power of elected officials to derail or support climate change action, voting and helping convince others to vote makes a huge difference.
Learn more about Wind Harvest’s goals by watching their video here.
Dylan Welch is the CEO and Host of Going Green, a podcast, website, and social media brand that highlights renewable energy, cleantech, and sustainable news.