The purpose of the Poechos II hydroelectric power plant is to generate electricity, utilizing renewable energy sources to be supplied to the Peruvian National Inter-connected Electric Grid (SEIN).
The Project’s capacity is 10 MW with a projected yearly average generation of 49,530 MWh. The Project is estimated to displace 19,582 tCO2e per year. Methane and carbon dioxide that may be emitted to the atmosphere as a result of the construction and operation of the Project are negligible.
Poechos II takes advantage of the existing Poechos dam, which is 48 meters high and approximately 1,000 m long, with a water discharge of 60 m³/s. The dam was constructed between 1971 and 1974 exclusively as an irrigation system. Poechos II’s machine house was built downstream at the intake of the diversion channel, which transports water for irrigation purposes. The Project takes advantage of the 20 m drop between the water level of the Poechos reservoir and the water level of the diversion channel. Water discharges for agricultural needs always have priority over water required for power generation. The Project has not the facilities to discharge water for power generation, because control of the discharges is managed by the Agricultural Authority of the Piura Region, except in the case when the Poechos reservoir is full and there are overflows of water that can be used for hydropower generation without any restrictions.
The spatial extent of the project boundary is the National Electric Grid (SEIN). Poechos II is connected to the SEIN through a substation. The Project is expected to have a minimum plant operating life of 40 years.
The project started to deliver electricity to the grid in May, 2009.
The project contributes to sustainable development by:
- Helping SEIN keep thermal power plants shut down and use them only for stand-by power generation, thus displacing expensive generation fired by heavy fuel, diesel, coal and natural gas, while reducing GHG emissions; - Employing local labor in construction and plant management; - Purifying and cleaning the water used for irrigation; - Facilitating electricity access by serving local demand; - Contributing to Peru’s fiscal accounts through the payment of taxes; - Helping Peru improve its hydrocarbon trade balance through reduction of oil imports to be used for electricity generation; - Improving local education and technical training opportunities.
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IMPORTANT: Currently the project accepts only bank transfer payments for a minimum amount of $ 1,200.