Meeting India's growing energy demands sustainably
India is the world's second-largest country by population, beaten only by China, to which it is rapidly catching up. As its developing economy strengthens further and population growth continues, India's energy needs are rising. While the share of renewables in India's energy mix is growing, coal still accounts for over half of its electricity production.
hired from surrounding communities to assist with upkeep of facilities, increasing local income levels to help alleviate regional poverty
generated on average annually for India's Combined Regional Grid
currently employed by the project in management, sales, technician work and administration
reduced on average each year
Located in Jaisalmer District in North India's Rajasthan State, this large-scale solar thermal power project helps satiate India's growing energy demands. The 50 MW-capacity solar thermal plant uses parabolic trough technology to generate almost 119,000 MWh of clean energy for the Combined Regional Grid annually, further diversifying India's electricity mix away from fossil fuels.
On top of supplanting fossil fuels with clean electricity to reduce emissions, the project proponent commits 2% of Carbon Emission Reduction (CER) sales to community welfare and sustainable development projects. The social benefits of this include local employment opportunities that alleviate regional poverty, as well as better roads and improved basic infrastructure. The project also contributes to the transfer of environmentally sound, state-of-the-art thermal solar power generation technology in India, and encourages further investment in the renewables industry.