Turkey – Wind Power (Elmali)

Renewable Energy, UNFCCC

Overview: 27 MW wind power plant, displacing use of fossil fuels

This project is a large-scale power plant located in Taşucu, a small town in the south-central Mersin Province of Turkey on the Mediterranean coast.  The plant comprises 15 Vestas wind turbines, each of 1.8 MW, with a combined installed capacity of 27 MW. There is also a high voltage transmission line connecting the plant to the national grid.

The project has been approved under the UNFCCC requirements to the Gold Standard verification (GS-VER).

Benefits: Emissions reductions and economic benefits

The primary role of the project is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Turkey by replacing electricity generated by fossil fuel power. The Turkish power grid is heavily dependent on fossil fuel power generation, mainly natural gas. The project also helps to reduce Turkey’s dependency on electricity imports. The project brings local benefits to the country, including the creation of job opportunities for the local community and the support to the regional economy through the employment of different kinds of service and material supply (civil and electrical works, operation and maintenance activities, security).

Project carbon credits

Construction of the plant took place between August 2015 and November 2016. The initial 7-year crediting runs from February 2019 to February 2026. Projected emission reductions from the power plant are estimated at 52,638 tonnes CO2 equivalent (tCO2e) per year. Variation from this figure may arise due to yearly fluctuations in wind availability and wind speed

Greenhouse gas reductions achieved by the project in the period from the start of the crediting period to December 2019 (10.5 months) were equivalent to 41,490 tonnes of CO2e. Credited reductions increased to 51,321 tonnes of CO2e in 2021, which was the first full year of the 7-year crediting period. The corresponding carbon credits were verified by the accredited carbon validation/verification company, Re Carbon Ltd, against the requirements of the Article 12 of the Kyoto Protocol, Annex ACM0002 (version 16).

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