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Theni Wind Power

Tackling India’s energy shortage and increasing demand by enhancing renewable energy capacity

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Project overview

  • Region: Asia

  • Project type: Renewable energy

  • Standards: CDM, VCS

Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, India, this project consists of two wind farms with a total capacity of 74.25 MW, delivering approximately 100,000 MWh of clean renewable electricity to the southern regional grid each year. The country’s rapid population growth has meant increasing pressure on electricity generating capacity, 70% of which is currently supplied by fossil fuels. Renewable energy projects such as this are vital to support India overcome its energy shortage, while reducing carbon emissions.

Theni Wind Power

Additional benefits

  • Air quality: As a clean energy source, the project improves local air quality while avoiding the solid waste generation associated with coal-fired power plants.
  • Job creation: The project has contributed to the local economy and livelihood of residents through the creation of jobs. Approximately 35 employees are currently working in full time operational roles and another 15 for field security. During development, 10 employees were required for planning and there were over 100 people working in construction.

India suffers from severe energy shortages; power cuts occur daily and nearly 40% of residences are not electrified at all.

Tamil Nadu state has India's largest installed capacity of grid connected renewable power, and has about 40% of the country's installed wind power.

By displacing electricity which would have otherwise been drawn primarily from fossil fuel power stations, the project generates 140,000 tonnes of emissions reductions per year.

If we invest in the technology, wind could provide 19% of the global demand for electricity by 2030.