Vicente is a member of the indigenous governing body, the Comuna, and was involved in the approval for the substation in Ixtepec in 2008. But at the time he saw what was happening in other communities where wind development was causing harm to the local people and their livelihoods.
“A couple of other Comuneros and I suggested a community wind farm as an alternative to a private wind farm. We said to ourselves that we wanted something that would benefit everyone, not companies. At first people thought we were crazy. They asked us how we would find the financing and technology.”
Now, after working with Yansa, Vicente is hopeful for the future. He expects that the project will bring employment to the community so that the people can live well and be able to bring food home to their families, “when the people have jobs, there’s food, stability and security.”