The Faep / Senar-PR system promoted, on Wednesday (27) the first symposium on renewable energies, under the theme “The Present and Future of Rural Energy Security”, at the Agricultural Training Center (CTA) in Assisi Chateaubriand, in the Western region of Paraná, for more than 90 people.
The event is the result of a partnership with Companhia Paranaense de Energia (Copel), Paraná Rural Development Institute (IDR-Paraná) and the Brazilian Solar PV Association (Absolar), and included three lectures and a technical visit to the PV plant. Nelson Paludo, installed inside the CTA.
On this occasion, President of the Rural Federation of Assis Chateaubriand and Vice-President of the FAEP, Valdemar da Silva Milato, conveyed a message from the President of the FAEP / SENAR-PR System, Ágide Meneguette, emphasizing the problems the sector faces with the Brazilian energy matrix. This directly affects agricultural production in Paraná. In his speech, Milato mentioned the international technical trips that the authority promoted in 2017 to learn about successful photovoltaic and biogas projects in Europe.
“We have to raise awareness that rural producers need to take the solution to this problem into their own hands on their properties, ensuring energy security through renewable energies present in their backyards. We want to show producers the advantages of these investments, especially now that tariff support is approaching,” Milato said. The rural nightlife is coming to an end and the cost of energy is rising, putting our business at risk.”
In his speech, Milato also highlighted the work the FAEP/SENAR-PR system has done in recent years to promote rural renewable energy generation. “It is a business that has its origins in everyone’s interest and is today a reality. We have partnerships to offer these alternatives to rural producers, eliminating the risks of energy shortages and reducing production costs.
The Regional Director of IDR-Paraná de Toledo, Ivan Decker Raupp, spoke about the Paraná Rural Renewable Program (Renova Paraná), launched by the state government with the aim of supporting distributed generation of electricity from renewable sources, especially biomass and solar energy, in rural properties in Paraná. . Of the 1,800 products registered in the program so far, about 45% are from the Western Region. “The goal is to achieve competitiveness and sustainability in the countryside,” he noted.
Next, IDR-Paraná Project Coordinator, Eliana Aparecida dos Reis, discussed details about the Renova Paraná Program and about the Banco do Agriculture Paranaense (BAP), launched in 2021. This operates as an exclusive interest-bearing credit program subsidized by the state government, which is from During which incentive Renova Paraná is guaranteed. The state’s contribution to the program is 72.8 million Brazilian riyals.
The objectives of the program include expanding the production, supply and distribution of electric energy, increasing the competitiveness of agricultural products, expanding production chains, developing local and regional economic activity while providing job opportunities and opportunities, and commercial innovation in the agricultural sector. Eliana notes that “any individual or legal entity, regardless of property size, that has projects that use renewable sources of energy to generate energy can benefit from it.”
The main focus of Renova Parana is to serve producers who benefit from the rural night tariff, which ends on December 31, 2022. According to Ileana, 25% to 35% of beneficiaries are in the Toledo region, mainly due to the production of animal proteins. The interest subsidy is for solar projects worth up to R$500,000 and biomass projects worth R$1.5 million. Whoever joins Renova Parana until December 31, 2022, the interest rate will be fully equalised. For consideration, the project must also be undertaken with a company registered in the program.
The General Manager of Banco do Brasil’s Assis Chateaubriand branch, Luciano Dionísio de Lima, highlighted the corporation’s incentive to use renewable energy in agribusiness and listed available financing lines for renewable power plants and other components needed for the installation. Rodrigo Braun dos Santos Electrical Engineer also presented the concepts, guidelines and technical procedures for accessing the Copel network in distributed generation.
cases of success
In addition to the lectures, producers who already use renewable energy in their properties highlighted the benefits. Vice President of the Toledo Rural Federation and President of the Poultry Farmers Association of Western Parana (Aviobar), Edinilson Copeni, has 192 solar panels installed with a power of 325 watts and a monthly generation of an average of 8,500 kW. Poultry farms and pig breeders invested about 300,000 Rls in the structure, while reallocating resources from their own activities. In 2021, her savings in electricity amounted to R$55,000.
The Chairman of the Technical Committee (CT) for the environment of the FAEP and the Rural Federation of São Miguel de Iguaçu, José Carlos Colombari, spoke about the investments in biodegraders made in 2006 at Granja São Pedro, a property that includes grain production and the raising of pigs, poultry and cows. According to Kolomari, at the time, the main concern was the proper disposal of pig waste. The average electricity generation is currently 30 megawatt-hours per month, which achieves savings of up to R$25,000/month. The biofertilizer produced in the process is also used in the property.
Already, producer Ademilson Lourenço, who works in poultry and fish farming, invested 190,000 Rls, earlier this year, in installing 120 panels with a power of 335 watts. With a power generation capacity of 61.2 thousand kWh per year, the forecast is that payment (Payback time) 8.5 years.
At the end of the event, participants were sent on a technical visit to the Nelson Palaudo Photovoltaic Plant, which has been installed at the CTA in Assis Chateaubriand since April 2021. The structure occupies an area of 500 square meters and contains 304 solar panels with a capacity of 135 kW, equivalent to generating 160 thousand kilowatt-hours per year. Space is a catalyst for renewable energies and is the result of the works and studies promoted by the FAEP/SENAR-PR system in recent years, based on environmental sustainability. With the plant, the entity has also become self-sufficient in electrical energy consumed in 20 units.
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