Carbon offsetting: Wind Farm Project in India

Carbon offsetting: Wind Farm Project in India

One of Northern Energy’s environmental partner programmes is a successful renewable energy project in India.

The challenge

India is one of the most heavily populated countries in the world, with upwards of one billion people. It has demanding energy needs with the country’s consumption hitting 809 million tonnes of oil in 2018, according to BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy. To help manage this situation, India has set itself some ambitious renewable energy targets, aiming to generate 220 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2022. As India’s technology improves, it’s impressive targets are stretched further. Currently, 21 per cent of the nation’s energy is generated from renewable sources.

The solution

A variety of renewable energy projects have been set up across India, including wind and solar schemes. Northern Energy is supporting one wind farm project via its carbon offsetting partner, Carbon Footprint, which has twelve wind turbines across six sites across India. These sites provide renewable energy into the state energy grid. It helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions by displacing an equivalent amount of energy which would have been supplied by other, more carbon intensive sources.

The results so far

Not only are the twelve wind turbines already producing 12.55MW of renewable energy, which is being fed into the state energy grid, the project is also contributing to the sustainable development of the area. Whilst reducing greenhouses gases, the project is also an integral part of India’s rural infrastructure, generating employment opportunities through the operating, maintaining and monitoring the turbines. These clean energy solutions are inherently more labour intensive than fossil fuel technologies, so provide a range of job opportunities in developing communities.

Northern Energy is proud to be supporting this successful initiative.