Mexico has a lot of wind power potential, with the zone of El Istmo de Tehuantepec alone having the potential to produce over 33,000MW. Despite this, in 2009, Mexico only made 0.13% of the world's wind power, which equated to 202MW. Globally, 743GW is now being produced? from wind power annually. In 2020, electricity from wind power made up 6.36% of Mexico's electricity supply, compared with just 0.24% in 2009. Carbon offsetting initiatives are vital in Mexico's transition away from fossil fuels, and Black Label UK is proud to support this development through their Print A Tree project.
Electricity consumption in Mexico has generally risen since the 1980s, but it has recently decreased, from 317.93TWh in 2018 to 302.87TWh in 2020. With Mexico's population still increasing and predicted to peak around 2060, electricity consumption per capita will have to continue declining to ensure that total energy use stays low.
This project will prevent the emission of 245,015 tonnes of CO2e on average each year for at least 20 years.
This project is part of a more extensive wind development that generates clean energy for Mexico. The three projects have benefited the local community by collaborating with local organisations such as the Civil Association MEXFAM, the Espíritu de Ayuda Foundation, the Technological Institute of Mixe, Istmo University, The National Educational University, and the Training and Productivity Insitute for work in Oaxaca State.
By the end of 2012, the project's enhanced health services in the local region had reached 1,580 locals with information on how to prevent and detect cervical cancer and prostate cancer, given lessons and medical tests to 1,000 juvenile women about preventing unwanted pregnancies and AIDS, and built four sports facilities with a total donation of 1,100 pieces of exercise equipment.
The initiative has also helped to increase education in the region, with scholarships available for Master's degrees in wind energy (7 students have already completed this program thanks to the funding) and a modest wind turbine design and production course that has graduated 50 learners. Enrollment in energy pedagogical support programs for primary school students has been encouraged, with 421 pupils and 206 family parents receiving assistance, 22 kids have obtained their Energy law Certificate, and a fund for scholarships titled "Higher education at your disposal" has financed 17 people.
The project has also helped to boost the local economy. Although employment at the wind power plant itself has increased, 40 women from the region have been trained on typical clothing embroidery methods and assisted in organising their goods for sale.
Biodiversity has also benefited from the initiative, with 152.8 hectares of land being restored in local communities, bat monitoring and a vertebrate rescue program have been established, and bird observation towers are used to minimise the turbines' effect on local fauna. In addition, 1,080 children aged 6 to 15 have been educated in a new sustainability classroom about the importance of nature and biodiversity.
The Verified Carbon Standard has verified this project. You can find it on the Verra Registry.