País: Between the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, southern Brazil
Categoría: Energy (renwable / non-renewable)
Baesa Hydroelectric Project
The BAESA hydroelectric project consists of the generation of electricity through the use of water resources and clean technology. It has an installed capacity of 708 MW using a small reservoir with low environmental impacts located between the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, southern Brazil. All the electricity generated is destined to the Brazilian National Interconnected System (SIN) contributing to face the increasing electricity demand due to economic and population growth in the country.
With the increasing use of clean and renewable energy, construction of thermal power plants is replaced (second power source of the country) avoiding CO<sub>2</sub> emissions to the atmosphere. Through the operation of this project, over two million of CO<sub>2</sub> tons have been reduced to date.
The BAESA project generates more than 5,000 jobs in the area and has developed various training and environmental education programs for residents. These programs include native reforestation projects and the development of nurseries.
Moreover, the reallocation of people into communities with better conditions and quality infrastructure was succesfully completed due to collaborative work between the company, government and local community, contributing this way to the social development of the area.