Hydro Electric Plant, Brazil

 Project Details:

Project ID 10
Project Proponent Multiple Project Proponents
Project Status Registered – VCUs Issued
Sectoral Scope 1. Energy (renewable/non-renewable)
GHG Origination Program Verified Carbon Standard
Project Validator Bureau Veritas Certification Holding SAS

Estimated amount of emission reductions over the crediting period including project size:

Over the crediting period of 10 years, project would generate 3,187,939 tCO2e.


Project Profile:

The project activity consists on the supply of clean hydroelectric energy to the Brazilian National Interconnected System (SIN) through the implantation and operation of Hydro Power Plant (HPP) Barra Grande, located in the Southern Region of Brazil, between the cities of Anita Garibaldi, state of Santa Catarina and Pinhal da Serra, state of Rio Grande do Sul, with an installed capacity of 708 MW, using a small reservoir, with low environmental impact related to its installed capacity. cover

The HPP Barra Grande generates electricity through a clean and renewable source and contributes the growing demand for electricity in Brazil, due to economic and population growth. Consequentially, this contributes to environmental, social and economic sustainability, by increasing the proportion of clean and renewable energy used in the nation’s total energy consumption. The installation of HPP Barra Grande provides the generation of sufficient electricity to supply 30% of the energetic demand of the state of Santa Catarina or 20% of the total energy consumed in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.


 Project Location:
HPP Barra Grande is located on Pelotas River, about 43 km from its confluence with Canoas River, between the municipalities of Anita Garibaldi/SC and Pinhal da Serra/RS. The reservoir formed by the Plant occupies an area of 94 km², partially flooding the areas of 9 municipalities: Anita Garibaldi, Cerro Negro, Campo Belo do Sul, Capão Alto and Lages, in Santa Catarina; and Pinhal da Serra, Esmeralda, Vacaria and Bom Jesus, in Rio Grande do Sul.

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Project Benefits


Through the generation of more than 5,000 direct and indirect jobs during the phases of construction and operation and through the improvement of the economic activities aggregated to the implantation of the entrepreneurship, BAESA Project promotes regional economic development, which occurs through the generation of revenue to the communities of the municipalities involved and their collaborators. Moreover, through taxes and tributes generated by its activities to the municipalities involved and to the Union, BAESA Project provides financial resources that will be reverted to the population of the region and of the country at large. bh1

It is estimated that during the period of construction of the entrepreneurship, R$ 240 million were brought to the local, regional and state economy.


bh2  ESA makes considerable investments in environmental programs and actions. Twenty-six programs are being developed, distributed in 6 programs, which totalize an invested amount of approximately R$ 209 million. Among the environmental projects, it can be highlighted the reforestation program that has the goal of planting one million seedlings until the year of 2013. In order to achieve this goal, BAESA implanted in 2007 a plant nursery of forest seedlings along with the Power Plant, with a capacity of production of 150 thousand seedlings per year, destined to the project of reforestation and environmental education.

The project of rearrangement of the population affected by the entrepreneurship also deserves emphasis, once some families that lived in houses hanging from the river’s side, without electricity and without the minimum conditions of sanitation were relocated to dwellings of quality, with excellent infrastructure conditions. The participation of government and social movement representatives has contributed to the project success. The collaborative work among company, government and social movement allowed better conditions to be obtained for the families involved.


Since HPP Barra Grande is located in the rural area of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina, the implantation of this kind of project in the region will demand the capacitating of the  collaborators to be hired or sub-hired in the region and of the population itself in the municipalities involved. Through environmental education program, BAESA Project has invested in formation of multipliers in the municipalities of the region of range, having as target the public and private schools teachers, members of the organized civil society and the public power to act as spreaders of the principles and techniques of environmental education, besides the activities of training with sub-hired construction workers and educational activities with inhabitants from the reservoir’s surroundings. Through this action, BAESA Project seeks to capacitate its collaborators to the market and contribute to the growth of knowledge and to the level of education of the municipalities where it acts.

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