SHPs Albano Machado and Rio dos Índios CDM Project (JUN1115)
The project consists in two renewable energy generation plants: Albano Machado with 3.06 MW of installed power and Rio dos Índios with 8.10 MW of installed power. Both stations are Small Hydro Power Plants (SHP`s) located in Trindade do Sul and Nonoai cities in Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil.
The purpose of the project is to provide electricity from renewable sources to the Brazilian National Interconnected System, offsetting the fossil fuelled thermal generation and helping to attend the rising energy demand in Brazil.
The project thus reduces emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and the global warming, avoiding the use of fossil fuel that would be burned in thermoelectric generating units interconnected to the grid. This initiative helps Brazil to meet its goals of promoting sustainable development.
For project participants the project is a sustainable alternative for electricity generation because considering that the project consists of Small Hydropower Plants with small reservoirs, they have low environmental impacts, almost zero, even compared to large hydroelectric plants.
The project activity contributes to the sustainable development, because:
- It reduces the use of fossil fuels contributing to a better use of natural resources thorugh using clean and efficient technologies;
- It contributes to better working conditions and increases employment opportunities in the area where the project is located (rural areas in small cities);
- It contributes to better conditions for the local economy, mainly in the rural areas from the cities involved. The SHP is located in the municipality of Nova Marilândia, on the State of Mato Grosso, Midwest region of Brazil. The region’s main economic activities are agriculture of soy, rice, corn and beans, as well as coffee and citrus.