Carbon Offsetting in India: Clean Electricity for Andhra Pradesh

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Clean electricity in Andhra Pradesh

Generating clean electricity from wind power for communities in Andhra Pradesh, India.

Background

Situated in the district of Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh, India, this project is a 100 MW wind power plant. Here, 50 wind turbines generate clean electricity from wind energy for local communities.

Additionally, the project managers, Orange Renewable, are committed to sustainable development. They have put measures in place to ensure this project positively impacts the lives of local residents in more ways than just clean energy. 

This project is certified to the highest level by Gold Standard, as approved by the UN. 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: 

This project facilitates the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy from wind power. This reduces the amount of greenhouse gas entering the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels. 

In addition, this project brings multiple benefits to local communities in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

Community Health Care:

  • Research from the project developers found a lack of sufficient medical care in the project vicinity. This was leading to serious health issues that could be avoided by more check ups and intervention at earlier stages. The project developers set up Community Health Camps to provide health checkups and distribute medicines. 
  • Orange Renewable is also supporting 100 cancer affected children every year in India. This is a part of the “CanKids Kidscan” initiative, whose vision is to help children who would have otherwise died for lack of access to proper treatment. 

Quality of Education & School Support:

  • Providing furniture for over 500 students in local schools.
  • Building toilets in schools, benefitting female students. Schools with no toilets are provided with 5 toilets, 2 urinals, and 2 washbasins. 

Clean water:

  • The climate in this region is arid and hot, and the tap water is not safe for drinking. Orange Renewable has improved clean drinking water access for 500 locals. 

Women Empowerment:

  • Health awareness programmes for women and adolescents in local villages
  • Sanitary napkin supplies for over 300 women
  • Orange Renewable has been organising meetings for women to share knowledge and discuss issues. This promotes education and better employment opportunities. To date 250 women have participated in these events. 

Employment:

  • This project has generated significant employment opportunities for locals, including 100 people in the construction phase, 50 of which were locals. 

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.