The mountainous terrain of Turkey's Manisa Province lends itself perfectly to wind power. In general, the higher the altitude, the stronger and more reliable the wind. The town of Soma, 45 miles east of the Aegean Sea in northwestern Turkey, sits at an elevation of 528 feet, with higher peaks around it. Wind turbines stand atop many of those peaks. The Soma Wind Farm, built in four (so far) phases, encompasses 181 turbines with a total capacity of 288 megawatts.
Soma III (50 turbines, 100 MW) came online in 2015. Turkey currently gets 34% of its electricity from plants powered by imported fuels. Its potential wind resources are among the best in Eurasia, so wind power has become an important part of its plan for energy independence. Soma III generates about 280 megawatt-hours of power each year. That avoids the emission of about 167,000 metric tons (184,086 US tons) of carbon dioxide equivalents that would have come from generating that amount of power by conventional means.
The emission credits representing that avoided carbon impact are called verified emission reductions. Each VER represents the avoidance of 1 metric ton (2,205 pounds) of carbon dioxide emissions.
Cloverly buys offsets that meet accepted standards for being real, measurable, verifiable, permanent, and additional. "Additional" means that the carbon savings would not have happened without the offset project and that the project would not have happened unless it got certified to sell carbon offsets. Gold Standard oversees verification of the Soma III Wind Farm. You can find verification documents at https://impact.sustain-cert.com/public_projects/571.
Projects can produce many offsets during a year. So a project may appear more than once in the Cloverly portfolio. You can tell the year of the offset by the date in the web address for each project: "12-months-starting-[month]-[year]." For a list of all the projects in our portfolio and an interactive map, see https://dashboard.cloverly.com/offsets. Learn more about Cloverly at https://cloverly.com.