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The largest wind farm built by ACCIONA in India
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Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
1 in 8 people still do not have access to electricity. In order to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, it is necessary to increase the use of renewable energy from 25 % today to 38 % in 2025.
ACCIONA is positioning itself as a key player in addressing the growth in energy demand while curbing the progress of global warming and promoting the transition to a decarbonized energy model.
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
The generation and use of energy is responsible for 74 % of total greenhouse gas emissions in the world. This activity is the largest contributor to global warming. Investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and other low carbon technologies will continue to be essential to meet the new needs of humanity and to minimise their negative impact on the environment.
ACCIONA considers the fight against climate change and its related effects to be a strategic priority. The Company is working to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions in order to contribute to the progress of society and respond to the main challenges of sustainable development in the areas of infrastructure, water and energy, leading the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Located in Bijapur district in the state of Karnataka (south-west India), Bannur has twenty-six AW125/3000 Nordex-Acciona Windpower wind turbines (rotor diameter 125 metres) mounted on 120-metre high concrete towers.
The new facility generates an estimated 242 gigawatt-hours (GWh) a year, equivalent to the consumption of over 224,000 Indian homes and avoiding the emission of 232,562 metric tons of CO2 to the atmosphere from coal-fired power stations. The energy generated is supplied to the utility Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM), following the signing of a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA).
This project is the first directly developed and built by ACCIONA in the Indian market, highlighting its capacity to adapt to the specific conditions of the country. The construction of Bannur has created more than 600 direct jobs, contributing to local development in the eighth biggest state in the country in terms of population. The concrete towers on which the turbines will be mounted have been built close to the site in a purpose-built facility.
The turbine nacelles have mostly been assembled in the plant set up by Nordex-Acciona Windpower – a company partly owned by ACCIONA – in the city of Chennai (south-east India). This factory assembles the AW3000 wind turbine, a 3-MW machine in its class II and III versions, which are ideal for sites with the medium-to-low winds that prevail in India.
- Location: Bijapur, Karnataka (India).
- Capacity: 78 MW
- Wind turbines: 26 - AW125/3000.
- Towers: concrete (120 m. hub hight)
- Start up: 2017.
- Owner: ACCIONA.
- The largest wind farm built and operated by ACCIONA in India
- 242GWh of annual estimated output, equivalent to the power consumption of 224,000 homes
- 232,562 metric tonnes of CO2 avoided in coal-fired power stations annually
- More than 600 jobs created during the construction phase
- First wind farm directly developed and built by ACCIONA in India
- Wind turbines assembled in Nordex-Acciona Windpower plant at Chennai
- Market with high growth potential: 60,000 MW in wind targeted by 2022 from 28,700 installed by the end of 2016
megawatts (MW) of power
wind turbines of 3MW of unitary power
of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere avoided per year
created during construction
Social Impact Management
The project's area of influence was studied during the construction period. Information was obtained from 83 families, as well as from local authorities, regarding the basic needs situation. With this information, it was possible to plan a medium-term social action intervention in collaboration with a local social entity starting in 2017. The following actions from this initiative are noteworthy:
- Regular participation by ACCIONA staff in meetings in the various communities which involved local and regional authorities, children, parents and volunteers.
- Direct dialogue with members of the community that help to identify different needs.
- Local media coverage of the company’s initiatives in the area. 2
Since 2017, a project has been underway in collaboration with Pratham, a NGO dedicated to improving the quality of education in India. Some highlights from 2019 include:
- Continued support for the 1,394 children with whom ACCIONA worked the year before in order to continue accompanying them in their improvement and learning process.
- Competitions to discourage school dropouts and encourage the involvement of parents in the educational process.
- Weekly skills building sessions for public school teachers.
This initiative was chosen by the United Nations Global Compact as an example of good practices to be disseminated by networks on the 4th anniversary of the approval of the Sustainable Development Goals.
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