Wind farms have popped up all across the U.S. in recent years, but Acciona’s Red Hills Wind Farm in Oklahoma has received two important distinctions: a recent press release issued by Acciona announced that Red Hills is the first wind farm in the United States to be both validated and registered under the Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS) as well as being listed under the APX’s VCS Carbon Registry.
Congratulations seem to be in order, but you might be wondering what, exactly, makes those accolades so significant. According to the VCS website, the Voluntary Carbon Standard is a standard designed to guarantee “that carbon offsets that businesses and consumers buy can be trusted and have real environmental benefits.” APX, a provider of analytics, technology, and information for energy environmental markets, makes note of any VCS-qualified businesses and solutions, and adds them to a growing registry.
Properly validating Red Hills was reportedly a lengthy process that entailed third party confirmation. In the end, Red Hills Wind Farm met the VCS standards and was validated and registered “according to the same stringent methodology which governs renewable energy projects registered under the Kyoto Protocol’s flexibility mechanisms.” According to Acciona’s Red Hills Wind Farm website, Red Hills is also distinguishable for being Oklahoma’s first renewable energy project. Acciona intends for Red Hills to create enough clean energy to power more than 40,000 homes, as well as hundreds of jobs: construction of Red Hills requires 200 workers, and operation of the farm will generate 15 full-time job slots.