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Theni Wind Power, India

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.

Sustainable Development Goals

In addition to delivering approximately 350,000 tonnes of emissions reductions annually to help take urgent action to combat climate change (SDG 13), the project delivers a number of other sustainable development benefits. These include:

  • Affordable and Clean Energy: By generating approximately 100,000 MWh of renewable electricity annually, the project displaces electricity which would have otherwise been drawn primarily from fossil fuel power stations.
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth: 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.