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Guatemala: El Canada Small Hydro
(Prototype Carbon Fund)

UNFCCC Reference No.: 0606

4 Project Documents

Project Photo 1
Horizontal Steel Penstock Pipe
The Project consists of a 43 MW peaking run-of-river hydroelectric plant located on the Samala River on the west coast of Guatemala, near the town of Santa Maria de Jesus. The western Guatemala region has 350 MW of demand and 31 MW of installed capacity. Construction began in February 2002, and when completed in December 2003, the plant will produce an average of 178 GWh/year. The Project will sell its electricity to Guatemala’s largest commercial distributor, COMEGSA, under a 10-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).



Project Photo 2
Intake and Desander Works

The Project will contribute to sustainable development of Guatemala in various ways. First, it will increase the power supply to the local grid, improving stability and helping reduce losses in the distribution system. Second, it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as emissions of local pollutants from power generation by using a cleaner energy source than what typically would have been used. Third, it is one of the first renewable energy projects to be developed after the approval of Guatemala’s new General Electricity Law. Its development will provide important knowledge and experience for other project developers that are striving to participate in the competitive national and regional market. Fourth, through the agreements the Project Company has entered into with the neighboring municipalities, the Project will conserve sub-surface water, re-forest certain land on which the Project is being constructed, and make annual payments to improve the conditions of the local communities. Finally, it will create approximately 250 jobs, injecting at least US$ 30 million into the Guatemalan economy over the course of the construction period.


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