Prony Wind Power

Generating sustainable energy from wind for this island nation

New Caledonia
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Islands of the Pacific Ocean like New Caledonia face serious environmental and socioeconomic pressures that are exacerbated by climate change. Pacific Island nations are already severely affected by extreme weather and climate variability, and their inhabitants are amongst the world's most vulnerable communities to the growing effects of climate change. Yet in New Caledonia, 80% of energy demands are met by fossil fuel power plants.

Location
New Caledonia
Type
Wind
Registry
Standards
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Sustainable Development Goals

7. Affordable and Clean Energy

40,000 MWh

generated on average annually, providing a clean alternative to fossil fuels

8. Decent work and economic growth

26 jobs

created for the maintenance and operation of the project, most filled by island nationals

9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Technological know-how

shared with the region, contributing to the development of New Caledonia’s wind energy sector

13. Climate Action

36,000 tonnes of CO2e

mitigated on average annually

The Solution

Prony Wind Power involves six wind farms located at two different sites on the island of New Caledonia that supply electricity to the local grid. The Kafeate and Prony sites consist of 116 wind turbines with a total capacity of 31 MW, with an estimated yearly production of 40 GWh of emissions-free, renewable electricity.

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The Impact

By displacing greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel power plants with renewable electricity, Prony Wind Power is helping to drive the clean energy transition in regions where there are not the resource to do so. The project has also boosted local economies by creating job opportunities both in building the wind farm and also running it. It has also spreading technological know-how and awareness of climate issues across the island. Prony’s success is a tribute the viability and value of sustainable development in small island nations, promoting climate action, and ultimately increasing climate resilience in the Pacific Island region.

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