Energy industries (renewable-/ non renewable sources), Electricity generation from biomass residues
The project involves the improvement of energy efficiency by retrofitting an existing biomass residue fired power plant by retrofit. The retrofit increases the power generation capacity at the sugar and ethanol production mill, Monte Rosa. The bagasse generated during the crop season at the mill (from November to April/May) is continuously used by the project activity. Bagasse is considered a biomass residue of the sugarcane. Biomass residue is a by-product, residue or waste stream from agriculture, forestry and related industries.
Through the implementation of this project, Monte Rosa increases the amount of electricity generated and is able to sell electricity to the Nicaraguan grid, avoiding the dispatch of energy produced by fossil fuelled thermal plants to that grid. The initiative avoids CO2 emissions and contributes to the regional and national sustainable development.
Monte Rosa is owned by Pantaleón Group, an agro-industrial company dedicated to the processing of sugar cane for the production of sugar. Currently, Pantaleón is the largest sugar producer in the Central American region, and is positioned among the top sugar producing groups in Latin America.
Benefits to the environment
besides reducing the ghg emissions by implementing its expansion projects, Monte Rosa has implemented, in august of 2004, an environmental management system (plan de gestión ambiental). The system controls the environmental impacts of the plant: residual water, gas emissions, solid waste, noise, dust, air quality
use of water reduction
solid waste handling
liquid residuals handling
Consciousness and support to the community: Monte Rosa assists 12 communities directly in topics of health, education, sports and cultural recreation. Since October 2002, Pantaleón Fundation has started its operation with the mission to support education, health and environmental projects to the Nicaraguan citizens and improve their life’s quality and country’s productivity. Some of them are: Mother Home, UNFCCC/CCNUCC CDM – Executive Board Page 4 “refugio Belén”, intensive care La Mascota Hospital, “Arco Iris del Futuro” Children Development Center, improvement of the water quality at the Everth Mendoza community and others.