Sares 22.5 MW Wind Power Plant
Case Study

Sares 22.5 MW Wind Power Plant

Sector: Wind Power Area of Expertise: Renewable Energy

Sares 22.5 MW Wind Power Plant

Sares wind farm consists of 9 wind turbines manufactured by GE with an installed capacity of 22.5MW and is located in Canekkale province in the north west of Turkey. Power generated by the project will be fed into the Turkish national grid, which is dominated by fossil fuel fired power plants. Construction of the wind farm started in 2010 and the project was fully operational in March 2011.

The project has been registered with the Gold Standard in light of the significant social, environmental and economic benefits that it has brought to this part of Turkey. Turkey’s economic growth over the past decade has led to increasing demands for energy, mainly met, to date, from power generated from imported fossil fuels. As well as increases in GHG emissions, this has led to increases in local air pollutants, which this project will avoid.

Turkey has significant resources for wind energy, but currently just 5% are being used . This project will assist in the development of the sector, in particular technology transfer by using the latest model of GE turbines, imported from Germany. Furthermore the project will provide local employment during construction and operation. In addition, construction materials for the foundations, cables and access roads were sourced locally wherever possible, further benefitting the local economy. Prior to this project over 80% of the power supplied to the national grid was from fossil fuel fired power plants, with most of the remainder from hydro plants. Construction of the Sares windfarm displaced fossil fuel capacity, thereby reducing emissions of local air pollutants (including SO2, NOx and particulates) and global greenhouse gases.

The Project Benefits:


  • Training local people during the construction and operation phase of the plant
  • Creating 50 temporary and 7 permanent jobs
  • The project owner consulted with local people before construction of the project. During the meeting, local residents were re-assured that their animals would be able to graze on the land surrounding the turbines, once construction was complete and that no contamination of the local land or water with chemicals was possible due to the construction of the wind farm. The majority of those attending felt that the wind farm would help to improve the economy of the area.


  • Priority given to local labor force for construction and operation of plant providing income generation for local communities
  • Construction materials for the foundations, cables and access to roads are sourced locally


  • A shift to clean renewable energy sources reducing the impact of fossil-fuel-based energy sources
  • Helping to stimulate the growth of the wind power industry in Turkey
  • Wind turbine blades have been painted in reflective colours with appropriate lighting to reduce the potential for collisions from birds despite the fact that the wind farm is not located on any bird migration routes
  • Local farmers are able to graze their animals in the area surrounding the turbines, now that construction is complete.
  • The turbines are located away from settlements so that noise impacts are felt by local residents is minimised

353,343t CO2e

Emission reductions over a 7 year period

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