Indian solar project brings benefits for climate and local economy

The project activity involves the installation of a grid-connected 120-megawatt solar power plant located in the area north of the city of Ahmedabad within the Indian state of Gujarat. By feeding approximately 298,072 megawatt hours of electricity into the grid every year, the project saves around 275,300 tonnes of CO2 per year. Without the project, the same amount of energy would have been produced in thermal or fossil fuel-based power plants that are still the dominant electricity source in India.

Besides the positive effects on the climate, the project also creates jobs for local people and offers regular training to employees. Also, the power plant helps ease electric supply problems in the agricultural sector. So far, local farmers had to deal with regular power cuts where they had to pause their work. While the solar plant will help stabilize the local grid, it demonstrates the success of solar projects and thus promotes the further spread of solar technology in the region.

How does solar energy contribute to climate action?Since energy from solar panels is created without burning fossil fuels, it is considered emission-free. The growth of renewable energy production is essential to prevent global warming and secure energy supplies for the future. The amount of emissions saved by a solar energy project is calculated using the baseline method: how much CO2 would be released by generating the same amount of energy using standard energy production methods for the region?
Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Affordable and Clean EnergySolar power is one of the cleanest renewable energy sources. The project is expected to generate 298,072 megawatt hours of electricity per year without causing any negative impact on the surrounding environment.
Decent Work and Economic GrowthThe project provides jobs to local people during the construction, commissioning, and maintenance of the solar power plant. Currently, 10 people are employed on the project who regularly attend training on topics such as equipment operation and safety.
Climate ActionThe project saves about 275,300 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
Project standardGold Standard VER (GS VER)TechnologySolar energyRegionAhmedabad , IndiaEstimated annual emission reductions275,300 t CO2Validated byApplus+ LGAI Technological Center, S.AVerified byApplus+ LGAI Technological Center, S.A