The African Wind Energy Association (AfriWEA) was founded in 2002 in order to encourage manufacturers, developers, governments, renewable energy owners and individuals to promote and support wind energy development on the African continent. Today, the membership exceeds 943 people in 75 countries all over the Globe.

AfriWEA aims to become an influential umbrella organisation representing the wind energy sector in Africa and thus assisting interaction and co-operation between all energy players. It will be a network through which support around the world will be obtained or given on wind energy matters. In this way it shall promote the development of and investment in wind energy on the continent. All its activities are based on principles of finding alternatives to fossil fuelled power because of the threat it imposes to our global climate, and that national and local governments have a responsibility (and should be encouraged at every opportunity) to incorporate strategies for renewable energy schemes into their policies. Afriwea website.

The Associations activities at the present time are limited to what they can do with their current resources, but there are many goals for the future. The organisation of local, national and international conferences, workshops and training courses are seen as vital to spread valuable knowledge, information and experiences throughout the membership, to provide a more educated, coherent and united voice of support for wind energy. The Association also wishes to facilitate consultation between all sorts of parties: the energy industry, local and national governments, academic institutions, other industries that could benefit from investment in wind energy, not to mention the general public and other institutions such as those concerned with conservation of the environment. Raising awareness of the wind power industry, sometimes dispelling the myths that surround wind turbines, and highlighting the practical changes they can bring to communities remains one of the Associations highest objectives.