Editor’s note: Dan Haugen is traveling in Scandinavia this month as part of the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Climate Media Fellowship program.
FALKÖPING, SWEDEN -- When Wanja Wallemyr learned a community wind project would be built a few kilometers from her family farm, she knew she wanted to be a part of it.
Only problem: She couldn’t afford the 1 million Swedish Krona (roughly $154,000) minimum investment on her own.
That was in 2007, just as the farmer and rural activist was also preparing to attend a regional conference on creating economic opportunities for women.
With both issues on her mind, she came up with a single solution: Wallemyr would start an all-women wind energy co-operative.