Mitcon - Provide wind power in India

Not least thanks to carbon revenues, wind energy in India is rapidly developing, introducing an environmentally sound and costeffective option for clean power generation whilst at the same time, local economic development is supported.

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India, in heavy need of sustainable development on its way to a modern country, is more and more embracing clean technologies such as wind power to feed its growing economy’s need for stable electricity.

This bundle of small and middle sized windfarms not only delivers emission free energy to the grid, the different project owners are also concerned with sustainable development of the rural regions their wind turbines are located in.

Several local and regional programs which are aimed at improving the current health, education and employment situation receive support, providing communities with long term benefits such as scholarships, vocational trainings, and health care. Improvements in local infrastructure such as roads, bridges and access to potable water benefit local living conditions and enable local economies to develop. Thus, the project activity represents a holistic approach to mitigate climate change, contribute to environmental protection, and support rural communities. These activities would not be possible without additional funding from carbon revenues which help the project overcome current risks and hurdles from heavy regulation.

How this project improves lives

  • During construction, the project generated considerable employment for the local population, while necessary maintenance offers regular job opportunities on a permanent basis.
  • Roads and drainage systems in the vicinity of the wind farms have been improved by the project owners, easing the locals’ daily lives and supporting local economy.
  • Decentralized access to potable water is supported.
  • Funding is given to a manufacturer of tricycles and walking frames to help the disabled and foster sustainable development.
  • Health care is a priority in the project activities, e.g. an ambulance has been implemented for employees and local population in one of the project regions.
  • The Gramya Vikas Trust receives funding for medical services such as regular health care, immunization and check ups for pregnant mothers and children under 5, and birth certificate provision by creatively incorporating an immunization card.
  • Work for women and education for girls is promoted, e.g. through economy and support provided to allow girls to complete the 5th grade. Training is given to women to equip them with entrepreneural skills.
  • At present, scholarships have been given to already 855 students from the project region to improve the general level of higher education.
  • At one of the project sites, a program for more than 150 local artisans has been set up, increasing their income by about 30%.
  • Equipped with raw materials, educated about new techniques, and supported in economic questions, they developed new product lines which enabled them to enter new markets.
  • In a self-help program supported by the project owner, more than 1600 trees have been planted, and kitchen gardens rejuvenated; in addition, farmers have been taught in animal and birds disease prevention and treatment, and quality seeds supplied.
  • The replacement of wood combustion in households through the provision of clean electricity is reducing deforestation and erosion in the affected regions, and improving air quality.
  • Additional planting of trees on project sites also contributes to better air, water and soil conditions
18,8

MW
of installed capacity

638,363

tCO2
reduced over 21 years

87

installed wind turbins

Location

The project is an aggregated bundle of small wind farms, spread over the Southern provinces of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and the Western provinces of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra. Located in rural regions, roughly all along India’s west coast, they provide sustainable power to the country’s growing economy.

Key facts of the project

Additionality and permanence: according to the rules of VCS
3rd party validated: By TÜV Nord/SQS
Transparency: provided by Markit Environmental Registry

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