Solar energy has arrived in Paraíba hinterlands, fostering renewable energy generation in schools and public health care units. Neoenergia's initiative comprises communities located nearby Chafariz Wind Complex, under construction between the municipalities of Santa Luzia, São José do Sabugi, Areia de Baraúnas and São Mamede, in Paraíba state. The implementation of photovoltaic panels is just one of the many social-environmental initiatives that have been carried out voluntarily as a way to promote the development of these locations and benefit the region's population. Slated for start-up in 2022, the 15 wind farms of Chafariz Wind Complex will have installed capacity for generating 471.2 MW of clean energy.
117 photovoltaic plates were installed downtown in São José do Sabugi, with a monthly power of 6,500kWh in Mãe Vinil Maternity Hospital and Manoel Rodrigues Pinto Municipal School. Solar energy generated will have a production potential exceeding the necessary to supply both institutions. With that, the excess produced will be reverted into credits to grant discounts to the energy bills of two other units in the rural zone of the municipality: Antônio Miguel Leitão Municipal School and community sports court - “Chicozão", located in Redinha Community.
Likewise, the technical feasibility for the implementation of photovoltaic panels at Dr. Kival de Araujo Gorgônio Municipal Hospital, located in the urban area of Santa Luzia, is being assessed. After the completion of an inspection and respective report, it will be possible to determine the generation potential to meet the need of the health unit. "The initiatives provide economic and socio-environmental benefits to improve the quality of life of the communities around the project, reinforcing our commitment to SDG goals," says Liu Su E, New Business Manager at Neoenergia.
According to Vanessa Iris Silva, a specialist at the Neoenergia Renewable Energy Department, "in January vocational courses were promoted in partnership with SENAI for civil works, such as mason, carpenter, assembler and basic electrician to train local labor, focusing on future hiring to work in the project".
Chafariz Wind Complex brings benefits with several initiatives promoted by Neoenergia. Among them it's the support to Associação Comunitária das Louceiras Negras da Serra do Talhado, an entity comprising women from Comunidade Quilombola da Serra do Talhado Urbana, in Santa Luzia (PB), which produces pottery pieces, such as pans and pots. Support was granted with the visual identity reformulation, providing increased visibility to the work made by the artisans. Neoenergia's initiative provided several publicity pieces with the new logo, including banners, business cards and letterhead, as well as an entrepreneurship training to be held in 2021.
Also in Santa Luzia, Neoenergia carried out the refurbishment of Miquilina Senhora das Neves Municipal School, located in the Rural Zone, with the construction of a sports court, revamping indoor and outdoor areas, in addition to a new roof and installation of air conditioning in the classrooms. In Areia de Baraúnas, the Public Square was refurbished, including the planting of native seeds.
Neoenergia also stands out for its socio-economic commitment for vocational training of the population. In January 2020, vocational courses were promoted for civil work activities, such as mason, carpenter, assembler and basic electrician to train local labor, in partnership with SENAI, focusing on future hiring to work in the project.
In order to contribute to the fight against Covid-19 pandemic, Neoenergia has donated rapid tests, digital thermometers and hygiene kits, benefiting the four municipalities. In addition, Neoenergia has been adopting measures for prevention to Covid-19 during the entire execution of its works. The employees are required to always keep a 1.5 m distance among them and, inside the rooms, they should work with doors and windows open. Other actions include: screening for entering into the farm, cleaning of hands with alcohol gel, continuous cleaning of offices, placement of banners for rising awareness and use of gloves, caps and masks at the cafeteria.