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:
Emission reductions over a 7 year period
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