Sri Indra, Karnataka, India
This small-scale biomass power project, located in Chikkajantakal village, Gangavathi Taluk in Koppal District, Karnataka State, was registered under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in 2007. The project utilizes surplus biomass fuels such as rice husk, bagasse, paddy straw and coconut shells to produce electricity in a 6 MW power generation plant. The electricity is fed to the Karnataka State power utility.
- Currently available CERs: 37,555
Supporting the Local Community
There are three villages in close proximity to the Sri Indra power plant: Chikkjantakal, Naganhalli, Devanhalli and Vinobnagar. Most of the residents of these villages are subsistence farmers with small holdings. The Sri Indra project is new to our portfolio. Sustainable Development activities associated with the sale of currently-available credits will be implemented in one or more of our focal areas (Health, Sanitation, Clean Water and Comfort & Safety), following consultations with the project owner and representatives of the local communities to determine and prioritize needs to be addressed.
Past initiatives by the project owner have focused on providing support to local public schools, including:
Providing dishes for meals, access to drinking water and constructing a boundary wall at the Nagahanavhali lower-primary school (2008-2012).
Providing a borewell for drinking water as well as dishes for meails to the Vinobhanagar lower-primary school.
Adopting the Chikajanthkal higher-primary school for the period 2008 – 2012, and providing it with basic amenities (such as stationary, dishes for meals, furniture and black boards).
Contributing to prizes distributed to students of the Chikkajantakal high school in Gangavathi (2006 to 2011).
Broader Contributions to Sustainable Development
This project has resulted in direct and indirect employment for approximately 50 skilled and 100 unskilled laborers during construction and 20 laborers during operation. These jobs have improved the economic status of the people locally and helped to mitigate the problem of migration to nearby cities and towns.
The power plant contributes to stabilizing the local grid, helping to provide a more reliable supply of power to the small villages in its vicinity.
Economic and Infrastructural Development
The construction of approach roads, transportation and communication facilities that were needed as a part of the project construction had spin-off benefits for local villagers. The project owner has made a number of additional infrastructural investments for the explicit purpose of supporting local villages in the vicinity of the power plant, including:
- Constructing and providing maintenance for a temple in Chikkajantakal village.
- Constructing approximately three kilometers of road, to improve mobility and transport.
- Constructing an 800-meter bridge to a nearby remote village, to enable villagers to connect to other local villages.
- Providing financial support to construct a prayer hall for the Muslim community in Naganahalli village.
Improving the Local Environment
By displacing fossil-based power generation and avoiding open-air burning of unutilized biomass resources in fields, the project reduces emissions of local air pollutants such as NOx, SO2, and particulates.