Citizen owned and organised renewable energy projects are presented, discussed and analysed at the World Wind Congress in Bonn, Germany from the 3.-5. July 2012. The conference is attended by people from all over the world. Most countries of Europe, Peru, Chile, Australia, North America, a large Canadian delegation….and three South Africans. The Not-for-Profit Developer Just Energy is represented by Zukisani Jakavula and presenting a risk analysis of South Africa’s policy environment is former ERC researcher Max Thabiso Edkins. Myself, I am presenting a paper co-authored with Anya Boyd – the presentation consists of academic reflections on opportunities and challenges for community development through the current Independent Power Producer Programme and is drawing on insights gained from working alongside wind developers for the past year.