The goal of the solar energy project in the Indian state of Maharashtra is to harness the sun's power to generate renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels, and strengthen the agricultural sector. The project spans across the northwestern part of the state, encompassing Nashik, Jalgaon, and Dhule districts, with a total capacity of 100 MW. The solar power plant generates an average of approximately 201 GWh of clean electricity annually. This generated energy is directly supplied to dedicated feeders in agriculture.
Local farmers previously suffered from power outages and high electricity prices, leading to poor crop yields and food insecurity, threatening their livelihoods. The project activities help bridge the gap between demand and supply at reasonable rates for farmers, thereby increasing agricultural production in the region and improving living conditions. Throughout construction, operation, and maintenance, the initiative has created job opportunities and enhanced the quality of life for the local population.
Due to the project's significant contributions to climate change mitigation and sustainable development in the region, it meets the stringent requirements of the Gold Standard. You can find more information about the project on the Gold Standard’s website.