Updated: 11/24/2005; 11:44:35 PM.

Sustainable Energy for Development: People, organizations, and projects active in environmentally benign energy sources for developing countries.

daily link  Wednesday, March 05, 2003

El Paso Launches Brazil Solar Power Project - Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state government and US-based El Paso launched a 1mn reais (US$280,000) solar power project providing electric power for the first time to five villages in the south of the state, the state government said in a statement. The project was financed by El Paso as part of its commitment to invest 13.5mn reais in alternative power sources, renewable energy and public illumination projects in exchange for exemption from the ICMS sales tax on the equipment used for building the Macae Merchant power plant. Additionally, El Paso will invest 0.1% of total revenues a year for 10 years. The solar power program, which was prepared by Brazilian technology foundation ATECH, envisages installing photovoltaic panels in each of the 136 houses in the five villages to replace existing diesel and kerosene energy supplies. Power is stored in a series of batteries, which have enough power to feed a 40-watt plug and three 11-watt bulbs for three days. The program also donated three cold storage units for the fishing communities to chill their catches and obtain better prices from local markets.

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