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Chaiyaphum Wind Power Project

Project details

The Chaiyaphum Wind Farm project generates electricity using renewable wind energy. The project activity reduces an estimated 117,849 tCO2e emissions per year of greenhouse gases, thereby replacing 124,041.6 MWh/year of electricity with renewable energy. The project is verified by the Gold Standard

Project location

Chaiyaphum is nestled in the heart of Thailand. With distinct wet and dry seasons, the province experiences a pleasant climate. Chaiyaphum’s climate, characterized by a tropical savanna pattern, plays a pivotal role in shaping the region’s lifestyle. Its economic vitality is rooted in its diverse sectors, ranging from agriculture to commerce. The province is renowned for its fertile land, cultivating a mosaic of rice fields, tapioca plantations, and lush orchards. As the agricultural backbone of the region, Chaiyaphum contributes significantly to Thailand’s overall food production, making it a pivotal player in the nation’s economic landscape.

Project objectives

The Chaiyaphum Wind Farm project was approved in 2012 and construction began in 2013. The project reached commercial operation in 2016.

The Chaiyaphum Wind Farm is an 80-megawatt (MW) onshore wind power project located in Chaiyaphum Province, Thailand. It is one of the largest wind farms in Thailand and is expected to generate enough electricity to power approximately 80,000 homes. The project was developed by Chaiyaphum Wind Farm Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of The Electricity Generating Public Company Limited (EGCO), Thailand’s largest power producer.

The Chaiyaphum Wind Farm consists of 32 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 2.5 MW. The project also includes a substation and a transmission line to connect the wind farm to the national electricity grid.

Project benefits

The establishment of wind turbines in Chaiyaphum not only mitigates the adverse impacts of climate change but also fosters economic development by creating job opportunities and attracting investments in the renewable energy sector. Furthermore, the project aids in diversifying Thailand’s energy mix, enhancing resilience against fluctuations in global energy prices.

The Chaiyaphum Wind Farm reduces Thailand’s greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 117,849 tons per year. The project also saves approximately 124,041.6 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity per year, helping to reduce Thailand’s reliance on fossil fuels.

The Chaiyaphum Wind Farm generated approximately 60 million baht (£ 1.8 million) in annual revenue for the government of Thailand. The project also created approximately 100 jobs during construction and 20 permanent jobs once the project was operational.

The Chaiyaphum Wind Farm had a positive impact on the local economy of Chaiyaphum Province. The project generated jobs and revenue for the community, and it also helped to reduce the province’s reliance on fossil fuels.

In addition to the environmental and economic benefits, the Chaiyaphum Wind Farm is also a significant example of Thailand’s commitment to renewable energy. The project demonstrates the country’s ability to develop large-scale wind power projects, and it is helping to pave the way for Thailand’s transition to a low-carbon future.

Methodology

Project Drawdown estimates that increasing onshore wind power generation from 4.36% to 20-27% of global electricity by 2050 could result in the avoidance of 46.95 to 143.56 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions. This substantial reduction would have a significant impact on mitigating climate change and limiting its harmful effects.

Onshore wind turbines can be integrated seamlessly into existing electricity grids, providing a reliable and stable source of power. Their modular nature allows for incremental deployment, making it easier to match the pace of demand and technology advancements.

Sustainable Development Goals

When allocating our members’ funds, we’re committed to aiding in the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations. Below are the SDGs acknowledged for this project.

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