The Alize Çamseki wind farm is in Çanakkale, a province on
the North West coast of Turkey, near the Aegean Sea. Its 11 wind turbines
generate enough electricity to supply power to 41,000 households.
The project is known locally as the ‘Thyme Project’.
This name alludes to the wild thyme that grows in the area surrounding the wind
farm, which local shepherds feed to their goats. The wind turbines
produce approximately 82,000 MWh of electricity each year. In doing so, the
wind farm prevents 52,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases from entering the
atmosphere each year.
The region has low standard of living and literacy
levels, and limited employment opportunities. The project created several
temporary jobs in the construction of the project and created seven
permanent full time and six part time positions for the operation
and maintenance of the wind power plant. This Gold Standard project
demonstrates the capacity of wind farms to create substantial greenhouse gas
reductions, improve energy security and air quality, and enhance local