Wind energy project in Chile

Chile is not only the longest and narrowest country in the world, but also one of the native countries of our BE CLIMATE blueberries. The country is characterized by its geographical diversity and offers ideal opportunities for renewable energies. As Chile borders directly on the Pacific Ocean, there is particularly strong potential for wind energy.

Wind turbines as a source of energy

The installed wind turbines or rather their blades are driven by the passing wind, which is created by different air pressure conditions. The wind turbine is then set into rotation and an electrical voltage is produced in its generator.[1] As the turbines are connected to electrical networks, the produced electricity can be passed on to various households through transmission lines.

The advantages of wind are obvious: it is free of charge and unlimited in volume. [2] In addition after about three to seven months a wind turbine has already generated as much energy as is needed for its construction, operation, and deconstruction. Such an installation is durable and can last for an average of more than 20 years. Furthermore, no CO2 emissions are emitted during the generation of electricity.

The project in more detail

The wind energy project is located in the northern region of Coquimbo and consists of two large wind farms: “El Pacifico” and “La Cebada”. A total of 57 wind turbines are installed on these farms, which generate an average output of 290 GWh.

Through our partner ClimatePartner, we invest around 50 % of our offsets in this project. The aim is to promote the development of renewable energies in the country. Today, Chile still gets most of its energy from fossil fuels such as coal or gas, which release large amounts of CO2 emissions. With the help of wind energy, it is possible to supply the population with clean and, above all, emission-free electricity. This project will save a total of 197,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year. But that’s not all – the project will also create new jobs which will help the region achieve economic security. It is based on an environmental and social management plan that includes measures to reduce the level of noise, improve waste disposal and protect biodiversity. All these measures are accompanied by further actions which involve and educate the community regarding the project’s purpose and results.

These positive effects on the population as well as on the climate and the economy convinced us to become active here. Another reason why we support this project is the Gold Standard certification. It is the highest possible standard for projects in the voluntary offset market, proven to reduce greenhouse gases while being good for the local environment and social needs of the population.

All our climate protection projects are in line with many SDGs (= Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN). This project focuses on:

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  1. https://www.erneuerbare-energien.de/EE/Navigation/DE/Technologien/Windenergie-an-Land/windenergie-an-land.html
  2. https://www.umweltbundesamt.de/themen/klima-energie/erneuerbare-energien/windenergie-an-land#strom
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