The district of Nandurbar sits in the Satpuda Pradesh – the Seven Hills Region – in central India. Its rolling hills make it home for a growing wind farm community that is helping transform India’s energy future.
The Chakala Wind-Based Power Generation Project is generating renewable wind power to sell to the state grid, producing green power and reducing carbon emissions.
The project operates 26 wind power machines, each with a rated capacity of 1.5 MW. It aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and specific pollutants like SOx, NOx, and SPM associated with conventional thermal power generation facilities.
Since it began operations in 2016, the Chakala Wind-Based Power Generation Project has cut an average of 74,307 tonnes of carbon emissions per year.
Mawson has committed to Chakala Wind-Based Power Generation Project to help power one of the fastest-growing renewable energy technologies.
Wind power is one of the most cost-effective and efficient energy sources. The Scientific American recently found that the long-term price of wind electricity is about half the expected cost of a natural gas power plant. With the development of bigger turbines tailored to maximize wind farm output, the cost of wind power is expected to decrease.
One wind turbine can generate the same amount of electricity per kWh as approximately 48,704 solar panels.
Wind is also considered to be a more efficient power source than solar. Compared to solar panels, wind turbines release less CO2 into the atmosphere, consume less energy, and produce more energy overall. One wind turbine can generate the same amount of electricity per kWh as approximately 48,704 solar panels.
The Chakala Wind-Based Power Generation Project contributes to the energy and economic development of the region. Locals are now able to access the wind-powered electricity grid instead of relying on dirty and often dangerous diesel power. In addition, the project has generated employment opportunities during both the construction and operation phases.
A central part of the project is for two percent of revenue generated from carbon credits bought by companies like Mawson to be used for community-related activities. The aim is for the wind farm to not only decrease carbon emissions, but to also support water and sanitation, health and education in the region.