País: In the middle of Santa Catarina River and Rio Grande do Sul, in the south of Brazil
Categoría:Energy (renewable / non-renewable)
Foz do Chapecó Hydroelectric Project
Foz do Chapecó Project consists of a small hydroelectric plant located on the Uruguay River in the southern region of Brazil, between the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. It generates energy from clean and renewable sources which is connected to the National Interconnected System (SIN) of that country. The plant has an installed capacity of 855 MW using a small reservoir with minimal environmental impacts associated.
The energy is used to supply the growing electricity demand associated with population and economic growth. Along with decreasing dependence on fossil fuels and therefore improving air quality, the project provides greater employment opportunities and better working conditions to local residents, moving this way towards a better income distribution in Brazil. Moreover, the project contributes to the protection of endemic ecosystems, the conservation of local communities and the mitigation of climate change.
Finally, the project will reduce about 800 thousand of CO<sub>2</sub> tons, which would have been emitted from power plants already established in the sector.