Hydroelectric Power Generation
The Brazilian electric power grid is unlike any other in the world due to the expressive participation of renewable energy, with over 90% of its generation originating from hydroelectric plants.
The BNDES contributes to this with financing for hydroelectric plants (among other renewable sources). In 2011, the Bank provided R$ 5.2 billion in financing for hydroelectric plants at the implementation phase. The main highlights of the hydro generation segments were:
- Approval of the bridge loan for the Tele Pires Hydroelectric Plant, in the state of Mato Grosso – in the Tapajós River basin –, in the amount of R$ 450 million. The plant was sold through a public bid in 2010 and will have an installed capacity of 1,820 MW.
- Contracting and disbursement of the bridge loan for the Belo Monte Hydroelectric Plant, in the state of Pará – in the Xingu River basin –, in the amount of R$ 1.1 billion. The Hydroelectric Plant will have an installed capacity of 11,233 MW and commercialized power of 4,571 MW. Its long-term financing contract is being analyzed by the BNDES.