Sky Wind Project, India
Project Type: Renewable Energy
Location: Santara District, Maharashtra, India
Project Start Date: 2012
Standard: Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)
Capacity: 96 MW
The Sky Wind Project is a 96 MW wind project located in a rural area of Maharashtra, India. The power produced from the project displaces an equivalent amount of power from the grid, which is fed mainly by fossil fuel fired power plants, and is considered a “dirty grid.” The project activity generates clean power to help improve this dirty grid, without emitting any GHGs during its operations. The average GHG emission reductions from this project is 135,000 tCO2e per year, or the equivalent of almost 14,000 US homes’ energy use for one year.
Impact & Benefits
In addition to providing clean energy, this project has instituted programs to improve the lives of the people in the project area. The project has taken on several community development initiatives, including:
- Road and infrastructure development- This effort has helped increase access in rural communities for accessibility to local schools, cultural shrines, and better access to local markets for agricultural crops.
- Improved drainage development- The area experiences water shortages, and these efforts to divert water to check dams and retaining pools can increase water infiltration and availability.
- Involvement in local schools- A few additional initiatives in the education system include installed water filters to provide access to clean drinking water at village schools, scholarships to local schools, a blood donation program, a youth development program to support young students and support for local cultural activities.
Support for this project goes towards the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy in one of the world’s dirtiest grids, thereby enhancing the health and well-being of India’s citizens and the planet as a whole. Currently in India, air pollution and particulate matter from coal, wood, dung, as well as transportation, is responsible for an estimated 800,000-1,000,000 deaths per year. This project helps India move away from highly polluting sources of energy to clean, renewable energy.
Validation & Verification
This project has been validated and the carbon emissions reductions have been verified to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).