Carbon offsetting in India: Bringing Wind Energy to Madhya Pradesh

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Background

This wind power project is managed by Orange Mamatkheda Wind and located in Madhya Pradesh, a large state in central India. The project consists of 67 wind turbine generators, each producing 1.5 MW of clean electricity through wind power.

This project significantly reduced CO2 emissions, with 1.23 million tonnes of carbon emissions mitigated over 7 years. Instead of relying on polluting fuels for electricity, the project generates 180 GWh of clean electricity annually, equivalent to enough to power 42,000 homes every year. 

Not only does this project reduce CO2 and provide clean energy, it is committed to improving quality of life for thousands of people in the project’s vicinity, which you can read more about below.

About the project

Orange Renewable, who manages this project, is a socially responsible organisation dedicated to CSR (corporate social responsibility) initiatives to improve quality of life for the project’s vicinity. 

  1. Enhancing the quality of education
  2. Supporting the “Clean India” initiative of the Government of India by investing in Sanitary infrastructure in schools and community centres
  3. Augmenting medical and health care facilities
  4. Potable water supply infrastructure
  5. Employment Generation
  6. Women Empowerment
  7. Safeguarding Environment

This project has completed an ESIA (Environmental and Social Impact Assessment) and engages with the local community through frequent stakeholders’ consultation. 

I thank the officials of Orange Renewable for taking the efforts in resolving our doubts. We are excited with the social benefits, education facilities, employment opportunities and improving infrastructure in the vicinity of the project which otherwise we did not foresee in the near future.”

Virendra Singh, A local villager from Chandakhedi village

This project is certified to the highest level by Gold Standard. Read more about Gold Standard’s certification process. 

Cost (USD / tonne of CO2e): $10 (read more about how this is calculated)

The impacts and benefits of this project: 

Education:

  • Distribution of necessary infrastructure such as furniture, education aid including stationery, maths-science kit, sports material and scholarships to the students of more than 25 schools benefitting over 5,000 children.
  • Assistance to the underprivileged: Distribution of computers, bicycles and stationery to orphanage, benefitting more than 60 children

Health & Sanitation:

  • Clean India: Development of sanitation facilities like toilet construction in public places.
  • Access to Clean Water: Water tanks along with water purifier systems have been installed benefitting public at a large scale, thereby providing easy access to clean & safe drinking water.
  • Delivering motivational workshops to people affected with HIV AIDS, in collaboration with Madhya Pradesh state AIDS control society and imparting significance of Anti-Retro Viral Therapy in their life, benefitting over 60 people. Regularly organizing camps/rallies to quit smoking and creating awareness in the stakeholders.
  • Organized mega medical camps in the nearby villages and undertook distribution of free medicines at the camps, benefitting over 1000 people of around 7 villages. Also conducted awareness programs on nutrition, ante-natal/post-natal care, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and hygiene.

Carbon reduction:

  • Tree plantation drives in schools, sub-stations and public places are conducted on a regular basis.
  • Electrification: Installation of electricity transformer and distribution line which has enabled direct household electrification and energy to water pumps for agricultural purposes benefitting over 1,000 people.

Local communities:

  • Orange Mamatkheda has helped to build around 21.6 kms of roads in villages within the project vicinity.
  • The project has led to direct employment generation for 730 persons during construction phase (including laborers, supervisors & engineers), out of which 266 employees were hired locally. The project has also led to employment for 76 persons on a permanent basis.

Sustainable Development Goals

One of the requirements of Gold Standard certification is that the projects meet at least 3 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, of which one is climate action. This means that as well as fighting climate change by offsetting carbon emissions, the projects your money is supporting contribute to sustainable development for eco-systems and communities around the world. 

The goals met by this project are: 

3. Good health and well-being – Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development

4. Quality education – Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development

7. Affordable and clean energy – Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity

8. Decent work and economic growth – Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs

13. Climate Action

Read more about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Your impact

You can see a record of our donation to this project on our public ledger. You can also view global contributions to this project on Gold Standard’s impact registry

Thanks to the contributions of our members, we are reducing carbon emissions for a more sustainable future.


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