Mariposas Hydroelectric Project

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The Mariposas Hydroelectric Project consists of the construction and operation of a 6.3MW Run-Of-River hydropower plant. The Project uses the waters of the first section of the Maule Norte Alto canal, in the San Clemente commune to generate an average of 40 GWh per year.

The aim of the Mariposas Hydroelectric project is to generate electricity from renewable hydrological resources, using water utilized by the local community for irrigation purposes. The development of the Project however, does not affect the local irrigators since the water used for generating electricity will be restored to the same irrigation system, before the local community uses it. 

Social and Sustainability Benefits

This project is strongly contributing to sustainable development: 

  • Use of local renewable energy resources to displace coal, diesel and natural gas thermal power generation
  • Increased commercial activity through clean and renewable source of power
  • Employment generation improving economic benefits to the surrounding communities which have a high rate of unemployment and poverty

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Note: The social benefits of this project have not been verified and therefore these additional benefits are not accredited by the QAS

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