Illumina Pantanal is a finalist in an international innovation award in the United Kingdom – Official Portal of Mato Grosso do Sul

Illumina Pantanal is a finalist in an international innovation award in the United Kingdom - Official Portal of Mato Grosso do Sul

The “Illumina Pantanal” project, which will power more than five thousand people living in the Pantanal remote areas of Mato Grosso do Sul by 2022, has been nominated for one of the largest prizes for innovation in solar production in the world went 😮 Solar & Storage Live Awards 2021, which will take place in Birmingham, England from 23 to 25 November.

The project, developed by concessionaire Energisa in partnership with ANIEL (National Electric Energy Agency) and the government of Mato Grosso do Sul, competes with two other initiatives in the category.International Solar and/or Storage Project of the Year“- in Portuguese: International Solar and/or Storage Project of the Year.

The award is given by Solar Energy UK, a non-profit organization working on an agenda that represents the entire solar and energy storage value chain, led by members from over 230 companies and affiliates.

“The ‘Illumina Pantanal’ expands access to electricity, thereby improving people’s quality of life, providing clean energy that preserves fauna and flora,” explains Governor Reynaldo Azambuza. “This is an innovative program that will take 90 thousand km² of new coverage in the municipalities of Aquidauana, Corumba, Coxim, Ladário, Miranda, Porto Murtinho and Rio Verde. This territorial area is roughly the size of Portugal, or the countries of Denmark and Hollande. is larger than”, completes the governor of Mato Grosso do Sul.

For Marcelo Vinhes, CEO of Energisa Mato Grosso do Sul, the nomination of “Illumina Pantanal” for the award reinforces the group’s pride in the state. “It is our Pantanal that has an international fascination with Energisa, which is taking this initiative to one of the largest meetings in renewable energy in the world. We will continue to invest relentlessly in innovation and sustainability. We are confident that we have created a pioneering and robust solution that will make a significant contribution to improving the quality of life of people and sustainable development, which is considered a natural heritage of humanity”, he declared.

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Mato Grosso do Sul’s Secretary of State for Environment, Economic Development, Production and Family Agriculture, Jaime Veruc, says the nomination for the award supports the public policy of sustainability adopted by the state government.

“This confirms that the Pantanal Conservation and Conservation Strategy worked with the strategy to expand clean energy in Mato Grosso do Sul. In this scenario, a fundamental point is that all properties and producers in the region have access to electricity. which is considered a basic and essential asset for the development of economic activities.We are serving a remote area with a sustainable project, which will include renewable energy and riverbank dwellers, rural producers and all the people living there. Direct service to the people. With Mato Grosso do Sul it is all on track to become a carbon neutral state by 2030”, he estimates.

The project will serve over 5,000 residents of the biome

Photos: Chico Ribeiro

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