There's plenty of wind
Our Carbon offset project on Aruba in the Caribbean
Wind energy on Aruba, the Caribbean
The power supply on the Caribbean island of Aruba is mainly dependent on diesel and other fossil fuels. This has two major disadvantages: firstly, they have to be imported from abroad and secondly, they cause significant amounts of carbon emissions. Our Carbon offset project, on the other hand, is doing pioneering work by using the island's natural energy resource: the wind.
A wind farm with 10 turbines and a total capacity of 30 MW was built in Vader Piet on the east coast of the island. Every year, 126.1 GW hours are generated here – up to 15 percent of Aruba's total power generation. The project saves around 152,783 tonnes of CO2 per year, which would otherwise be emitted if power were generated from fossil fuels. And it reinforces the independent energy supply in Aruba.
As the first wind park on Aruba, Vader Piet is also seen as an important pioneer project for renewable energies in the entire region.
Contribution to the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs)
Reduced import of fossil fuels, strengthening Aruba's autonomy in terms of electricity.
Creating local employment opportunities for construction, operation and maintenance of the power plant.
Modernization and support of local infrastructure, transfer of modern technology and knowledge related to wind energy generation.
Reducing carbon emissions by displacing fossil fuel-based energy generation.
Wind power avoids emissions such as sulfur dioxide or nitrogene dioxide, so the air quality is much better than it used to be.
How does wind energy help fight global warming?
Since wind energy is created without burning fossil fuels, it is considered emission-free. The growth of renewable energy production is essential to limiting global warming and securing energy supplies for the future.
The amount of emissions saved by a wind power project is calculated using the baseline method: how much CO2 would be released by generating the same amount of energy using standard energy production methods for the region?