IDB Group Sustainable Infrastructure 360º Awards – 2014 projects
Metro Lima Line 1
Winner of the Infrastructure 360° Award
The Metro Lima Line 1 project is the first urban electric train line in Lima. The double rail tracks, once completed, will span 33.9 km connecting 11 districts from the south to northeast of the Lima through an elevated viaduct. The infrastructure project is planned and executed by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications through the Autonomous Authority of the Electric Train. As part of Peru’s Proinversión initiative, a 30-year contract for operation and maintenance of the line was awarded in 2011 to a consortium formed by Grana y Montero and Ferrovías.
The line was designed alongside the development of strong sustainability and cultural programs. Upgraded and extended access, increased safety, improved mobility, and environmental quality were all achieved throughout the design of the project with careful attention to the preservation of historical landmarks and observation of cultural variances in the city. The surrounding community was engaged through the creation of the Metro Culture Team (MTC), which sought to develop stakeholder involvement and ownership to better maintain the public asset. The MTC developed social programs targeted towards areas with high crime rates and launched social initiatives such as a mural art painting program to enhance local values and celebrate individuality and urban art. The line itself provided an economic stimulus to the community, decreasing commuting times, recruiting and training local employees to operate the Metro system. Jobs in every area of the city are now accessible to all Lima residents through the extended rail service.
The Infrastructure 360° Award is given to the project that not only serves as a model of excellence in sustainability practices throughout a region, but also serves as an example of infrastructure’s ability to enable a region’s residents to live more successful lives, thriving in their community. The role that the Metro Lima Line 1 will play in lives of the citizens of Peru cannot be understated and is one that is appropriately celebrated through the receipt of the Infrastructure 360° Award.
Los Cocos Wind Farm
Winner of the Infrastructure 360° People and Leadership Award
Located in the Barahona and Pedernalales Provinces of the Dominican Republic, Los Cocos Wind Farm is the first utility-scale wind energy farm in the county. Developed as a result of the energy shortage in the country and subsequent National Energetic Plan, the farm displaces an average of 160,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year and generates an annual 200,000 MWH of clean energy. The wind farm was completed in 2012 by project developer Empresa Generadora de Electricidad HAINA (EGE HAINA).
Not only is the farm a crucial step towards energy security, its presence made a quantifiable impact in the economic and educational opportunities available to the residents of the Southern Dominican Region. In addition to fulfilling operational responsibilities, EGE HAINA brought added value to the community through their work on education initiatives for children and adults, donation of technological supplies, rehabilitation of sports facilities, and support of ecotourism. Their careful attention to these environmental details was apparent throughout the planning of the wind farm as they designed a project that not only avoided impacting nearby wetlands and floodplains, but also supported the local economy through the use of construction materials from local sources.
Los Cocos Wind Farm is an unquestionably valuable addition to the Dominican Republic’s energy infrastructure; its remarkable environmental and social leadership associated with the project development made it the natural recipient of the IDB’s 2014 Infrastructure 360° People and Leadership Award.
Aura Solar I Photovoltaic Plant
La Paz, Mexico
Winner of the Infrastructure 360° Climate and Environment Award
Aura Solar I is the largest photovoltaic plant in Mexico and the first built to utility-scale. The plant, which was connected to the Mexican electric grid in March 2014, holds an installed capacity of 30 MW and is expected to generate 81.5 GWh per year – the equivalent of the power needed to service 32,000 households. It is owned by the Corporación Aura Solar and is being developed by Gauss Energía.
The project is the first large scale photovoltaic power plant in Mexico, contributing to further transitioning the country’s energy matrix to renewable sources of energy. It is located in an abandoned agricultural site with no possible agricultural use. Following local community and stakeholder’s feedback provided prior to the project development, the project implemented programs and investments to reduce light pollution and improve community mobility through the renovation of city streets.
The project also supports the protection and conservation of La Paz aquifer, the city’s only water source, during all project phases by limiting water use, by protecting it from wastewater contamination, by not interfering with the aquifer recharging process, and by avoiding altering the site natural drainage.
In order to receive the Infrastructure 360° Award for Climate and Environment, a project must demonstrate the use of resources in a way that minimizes environmental impact and promotes the rejuvenation of degraded ecosystems. Aura Solar I is a thoughtful example of how these attributes can be integrated into infrastructure development and a worthy recipient of the 360° Climate and Environment Award.