"Some people see lemons and make lemonade. William Kamkwamba saw wind and made a windmill. This might not seem like a mighty feat. But Kamkwamba, who grew up in Masitala, a tiny rural farming village off the grid in Malawi, was 14 years old in 2001 when he spotted a photo of a windmill in a U.S. textbook one day. He decided to make one, hacking together a contraption from strips of PVC pipe, rusty car and bicycle parts and blue gum trees."
Teen's DIY Energy Hacking Gives African Village New Hope | Wired Science | Wired.com
A very inspiring story... no government grants, this kid saw a picture of a windmill... so he built his own. He figured out pretty much all on his own how to rig a bicylce generator to power a small lightbulb, and went on to power a radio, well pump, etc... Kudos, William!