Solar power Joddhpur

Project full name

Grid connected solar PV power plant in Jodhpur, Rajasthan

CDM Project number

6909

Description

The CDM project is a 5 MW Solar photovoltaic technology based power plant.  The electricity generated from the project activity will be transferred to the state grid of Rajasthan which is a part of the united Northern, Eastern, Western, and North-Eastern (NEWNE) regional grid of India. In absence of the project activity , the energy transferred to the NEWNE would have been generated from fossil fuel powered thermal plants. Thus, the project activity will contribute towards reducing the demand-supply gap during periods of electricity shortage and growth in the share of renewable energy in the grid mix. The project activity is expected  to deliver an annual net electricity  of 8,966 MWh to the grid and the estimated annual emission reductions are 8,542 tCO2e annually over the crediting period of 7 years.

Report summary

Key promises made by project proponents:

  • project activity in its execution will lead to development of infrastructure in the region and at the same time promote business in the region through the improvement in electricity generation capacity of the grid
  • clean electricity generated through solar power by the project activity would be fed into the local grid thereby improving the availability of electricity in the region

Situation on the ground:

The project proponent invested in educational systems, providing existing schools with equipment such as tables, chairs and a small number of computers. The energy generated by the project activity is fed into the national grid, not supplying the local population in the project vicinity. In the Project Design Document (PDD) it was outlined that electricity generated would be fed into the local grid thereby improving the availability of electricity in the region. However, access to electricity is still limited in the surrounding areas of the project activity and electricity generated not made available for local communities. The project activity supplies to the national and not as indicated to the local grid.

Solar

Project participants

  • India:
  • M/s Northwest Energy Private Limited

Registration date

14 September 2012

Carbon credits issued to date

none

Exact location

Rawra
Phalodi, Jodhpur district
Rajasthan
India

Relevant links at UNFCCC website

PDD
host country letter of approval
validation report

Sustainable development benefits

social well-being

sustainable development benefits according to claims made by project developers:

  • project would lead to generation of business opportunities and employment in the region thereby contributing towards social upliftment through direct and indirect benefits
  • project activity in its execution will lead to development of infrastructure in the region and at the same time promote business in the region through the improvement in electricity generation capacity of the grid
  • would provide a better scenario for local industries and businesses to improve their production capacities thereby contributing towards the overall economic development of the region

sustainable development benefits according to reports:

Jobs

  • employment opportunities have been created during the constriction phase
  • unskilled labourers have been employed from the three adjoining villages

Education

  • educational services: 
  • school infrastructure has been developed through provisioning of tables, chairs etc
  • secondary level school was provided with two computers by the project developers

economic well-being

sustainable development benefits according to claims made by project developers:

  • project activity leads to an investment in the region accompanied with business and employment benefits along with improvement of grid supply which otherwise would not have happened in the absence of project activity
  • clean electricity generated through solar power by the project activity would be fed into the local grid thereby improving the availability of electricity in the region

sustainable development benefits according to reports:

Energy 

  • access to energy: 
  • project feeds in to the state grid
  • state grid meets the necessary mandatory renewable energy mix with the help of power from the projects
  • project does not supply dircetly for the nearby villages

environmental well-being

sustainable development benefits according to claims made by project developers:

  • project activity employs solar power for generation of electricity thereby displacing fossil fuels which are being rapidly consumed to meet the growing demand of electricity in the country thus contributing towards reduction in GHG emissions
  • solar power projects generate no end products in the form of solid waste (ash etc.) compared to alternative modes of power generation (e.g. coal based on which the Indian grid is primarily dependent); hence the project activity is a cleaner source of power generation and is encouraging greener practice of power generation
  • solar power project indirectly is contributing towards conservation of non–renewable resources which are under the constant threat of depletion due to excessive and rapid growth of energy demand
  • growing threat of global warming which is a key concern is also addressed due to renewable energy use thereby mitigating climate change

technological well-being

sustainable development benefits according to claims made by project developers:

  • project activity uses thin film solar photovoltaic technology for power generation thereby demonstrating the viability of solar based renewable energy generation in the region, which is fed into the nearest sub-station (part of the NEWNE Regional Grid), thus increasing energy availability under the service area of the substation; hence the project leads to technological well- being

Sources and Materials

Sources

  • Laya field visit report

Organisations working on project

  • Laya

Last update

03.12.2014


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