Crow Lake Wind Farm

Offset Program/Registry: Verified Carbon Standard

Estimated Annual Emission Reductions: 430,000 metric tons CO2

The Crow Lake Wind project is a zero emissions, grid-connected electricity generation source located on 36,000 acres in South Dakota. The commercial operation date of this project is February 1, 2011 and the entire project consists of 108 General Electric 1.5-megawatt turbines with a generating capacity of 162 megawatts (MW).

The electricity generated is provided to Basin Electric Power Cooperative (BEPC), a not-for-profit, wholesale electric generation and transmission cooperative based in North Dakota. BEPC provides electricity to 2.8 million customers across 135 rural distribution companies in 9 states (MT, MN, IA, SD, ND, CO, NM, NB, WY).

The Crow Lake Wind Farm is the largest wind project owned solely by a cooperative in the United States. Seven of the turbines located at the Crow Lakes project site are owned by a group of 600 local community investors, called the South Dakota Wind Partners, and one turbine has been sold to the Mitchell Technical Institute in Mitchell, S.D.

Mitchell Technical Institute uses the turbine as part of the school’s wind turbine technology program. This unique relationship allows the school to sell the turbine’s output to BEPC while allowing access for generations of students and engineers to gain hands-on technical experience.

Soma Enerji Elektrik Üretim Wind Farm

Manisa and Balıkesir Provinces, Turkey

The Soma Enerji Elektrik Üretim Wind Farm Project is a grid-connected onshore wind farm project in the Manisa and Balıkesir Provinces of Turkey. Consisting of 119 wind turbines the site has a maximum power generation capacity of 140.1 MW when fully operational. Annually, the site generates over 450,000 MW of energy. With an expected lifespan of 30 years the Project Activity is expected to continue to realize emission reductions from decreased reliance on fossil fuel burning plants well after the crediting period ceases. Soma – Polat contributes to a local sustainable development by creating jobs in Turkey and the surrounding the region while procuring available services like subcontractors and equipment manufacturing. On-site operations also increased knowledge regarding local development of replicable technology to assist in transfer of similar projects to proximal regions in Turkey. The Project Design Document can be found here.

This is an emissions reduction project that has been sponsored by Sustainable Travel International

Verification: CDM Gold Standard Crediting Period: 2008 – 2029 Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 300,000

Aliağa Wind Farm

The Aliağa Wind Farm operates thirty-six turbines, each having a capacity of 2.5 MW, in the Aliağa Borough of Izmir, Turkey with a maximum power generation capacity of 90 MW when fully operational. The project site rests on 145 hectares dispersed over three hills and is managed by Bergama RES Enerji Üretim. Annually, the site generates around 275,000 MWh of energy. When developing the project regional estimates targeted an 8% increase in energy demand annually from 2007-2013. The project assists in satisfying the augmenting demand by lowering energy cost and dependence on imported resources like natural gas and oil. Associated works such as wiring is performed by local companies to increase regional technological capacity in renewable energy projects while also stimulating the local economy from additional job opportunities related to operation. The Project Design Document can be found here.

This is an emissions reduction project that has been sponsored by Sustainable Travel International

Verification: CDM Gold Standard Crediting Period: 2009 – 2023 Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 160,000

Bandirma Wind Farm

The Bandirma Wind Farm Project generates a maximum power capacity of 25 MW of renewable electricity when fully operational through the rotation of ten 2.5 MW Wind Turbines. The site was developed by ASMAKİNSAN Temiz Enerji Elektrik Üretim Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş and is located Southwest of Bandırma near Bezirci and Çarıkköy in the province of Balıkesir, Turkey. Annually, the site generates around 99,000 MW . The direct benefits realized from Bandirma increase the amount of renewable clean energy available on the local grid for an ultimate reduction in the emissions of Carbon Dioxide, Sulfur Dioxide, Nitrous Oxides in the region. Additionally, the operation increases economic opportunity to the local community. While the project is not located on any known bird migratory patterns careful monitoring is in place to ensure that environmental issues related to airborne species occurs. A Project description can be found here.

This is an emissions reduction project that has been sponsored by Sustainable Travel International

Verification: Gold Standard Crediting Period: 2010 – 2017 Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 60,000

Gansu Anxi Wind Farm

The Gansu Anxi Wind Farm consists of one hundred and thirty four 750 kWh turbines for a maximum power generation capacity of 100.5 MW when fully operational in the Anxi district of the Gansu province located within the Gobi Desert of the People’s Republic of China. As the turbines rotate the energy flows into the heavily demanded Gansu Grid and Northwest China Grid. Prior to development of Gansu Anxi, the NWCG sourced 75-80% of its power from fuel-fired plants. Annually, the site generates around 230,000 MW of energy. While the project has proven to decrease demand on damaging coal extraction and super damns in the region its operation also contributes to the sustainable development of the local community through job opportunities and increases in local income. Additionally, part of the proceeds generated from clean energy production on site is donated to the “Hope School” program that supports young drop-outs in poverty stricken areas within the country. The Project Design Document can be found here.

This is an emissions reduction project that has been sponsored by Sustainable Travel International

Verification: CDM Gold Standard Crediting Period: 2007 – 2014 Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 225,000

Tamil Nadu Wind Farm

The Tamil Nadu Wind Farm activity operates forty-five 800 KW turbines for a maximum power generation capacity of 36 MW in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Managed by Enercon India initial production occurred through bundled funding by six different investors. Tamil Nadu Wind Farm has been independently verified by the Verified Carbon Standard using the Clean Development Mechanism methodology. The project works to assist in bridging the existing demand supply gap through generation of renewable clean energy free of political and social turmoil while reducing proportional regional production credited to fossil fuel burning plants. This activity promotes infrastructural development in areas around the project to increase national energy security in India. Additionally the project activity generates employment opportunities for local residents has been shown to not negatively impact wildlife or acess to natural resources. A Project Description can be found here.
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This is an emissions reduction project that has been sponsored by Sustainable Travel International

Verification: Verified Carbon Standard Crediting Period: 2006 – 2016 Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 70,000