How do we calculate carbon avoided? - renewables.org

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Investing in solar projects through renewables.org is a direct investment in the transition to a low-carbon economy. Accelerating levels of greenhouse gases (GHGs) have become a significant international challenge. This results in global warming with adverse environmental and health effects. A shift towards a low-carbon economy is imperative, now more than ever. Our solar projects help offset carbon. This is by enabling energy-intensive commercial and industrial (C&I) customers to change their power source.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reveals approximately 1,092 grams of CO­2 is released per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity generated in India.1 Data from the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system (EDGAR) states that on average, an American emits 13.68 tons of CO­­2 per annum (values from 2020).

For every USD 100 invested with renewables.org, a solar plant will generate approximately 2,393 kWh of clean electricity over 10 years. This translates to:

2,393 kWh x 1,092 grams of CO­2 = 2,613,156 grams of CO­­2 avoided OR 2.6 tons of CO­­2 avoided.

This means for every USD 100 invested, approximately 19.1% of an American’s per capita annual CO­­2 emission will have been offset.

The maths is currently based on the publicly available data as of Mar-28-2022. This data may be updated and changed from time to time.

Investing with renewables.org is a great way to be empowered to take full responsibility for your unavoidable carbon pollution and contribute towards addressing climate change.

1 The solar projects we fund are spread across India, UAE, and East Africa. To showcase the potential CO­2 avoided, India-specific CO­2 emission values have been considered, as the CO­2 emission values in developing nations are comparable.