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The flower of energy efficiency in Parque das Nações Indígenas

Celebrating 10 years of Energisa in Mato Grosso do Sul, Flor Solar opens in Campo Grande

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The Parque das Nações Indígenas (PNI), located in the Prosas neighborhood of Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, is one of the city's jewels. With more than 1 million square meters, the park is a vital space for leisure and tourism in the city, offering a variety of recreational and cultural activities for residents and visitors. With a huge green area, including areas of native forest and a central lake, the PNI houses museums and celebrates the strength and diversity of the native peoples.

In addition to all this importance and all these attractions, the park has gained a new star. Since April 30, visitors to the PNI have been able to find the Solar Flower, a monument of design, beauty, architecture and engineering in the name of energy efficiency in the central west of Brazil. This initiative, combining environmental preservation and technological innovation, is sponsored by Energisa, which invested R$600,000 in the project as part of ANEEL's Energy Efficiency Program.

Agems, the MS Public Services Regulation Agency, was the one who "planted the flower seed". The idea was promptly embraced by Energisa which, in partnership with the State Government and the Secretariat for the Environment, Development, Science, Technology and Innovation, made the project possible.

The Solar Flower is 5 meters in diameter and has 12 huge petals made of solar panels. With photovoltaic panels strategically integrated into its structure, it simulates the heliotropic movement of a sunflower, turning to always seek the best sunlight, opening during the day and closing at night. Its unique and elegant shape harmonizes perfectly with the park's natural surroundings. However, what makes it even more special is its system for capturing and using solar energy.

The optimization of electricity generation means that the equipment produces up to 40% more energy than a conventional solar energy system. This electricity is used to power the structure's internal and external lighting, as well as for other functional needs, such as charging tablets and cell phones for those who visit Parque das Nações. These charging points work even at night, when the Flower is closed.

Charging station next to Flor Solar

Energy efficiency engineer Emerson Nantes, who led the Energisa team responsible for the project, is one of Flor Solar's biggest enthusiasts. Espaço Energia, which has been promoting educational activities on energy efficiency with public and private schools since 2015, will now take students to Parque das Nações and the Solar Flower, further expanding an initiative that has already welcomed more than 60,000 people over almost 10 years.

Flor Solar came about as a project within Espaço Energia, which operates here in Campo Grande. But Flor needed a special place for it. Together with the government, we decided on the park, which is a postcard of the city. Flor produces 400 kWh a month, which would be enough to power two houses, according to the average consumption in our state. It also accumulates charge in a battery bank, which powers the whole area at night. Finally, it has a special protection mechanism: when the winds are strong, it closes its petals to protect itself, which guarantees longevity for the structure," said Emerson Nantes.

Vivian Breier is an architect and has been working with Energisa for eight years on projects carried out by the Energy Efficiency department. She was responsible for designing the Flor Solar project in Campo Grande. The location was chosen because it is close to the lake, an observation point for the beautiful sunset. As it is already an open space, no trees had to be removed or pruned to plant the Flower. All the landscaping was designed with the region's native fauna in mind and the garden surrounding the Flower is full of cambarás, a flower known for attracting butterflies, which makes the environment even more vivid. The concrete base, in the shape of a circular bench, elevates the Solar Flower and leaves it free to move around in search of the sun.

We thought of the surroundings of the Solar Flower as a welcoming space, to give a real sense that it is alive within the Park. The Portuguese stones draw petals around the monument, but many people see candles or people holding hands. The kiosks around it, with curved benches and tables, are an invitation for people to have a tereré and contemplate nature. They all have power points powered by solar energy. I think Flor is an example of the possibility of clean and efficient energy, so that we can think about a better future," said Vivian Breiner.

Public enjoying an afternoon in the Park, near the Solar Flower

The energy efficiency of Flor de Sol not only reduces its environmental impact, but also serves as an educational device, an inspiring example of how architecture can be designed in a sustainable way. In addition, the inauguration of Flor Solar in the Parque das Nações Indígenas highlights the commitment of the Energisa Group and the city of Campo Grande to environmental preservation and technological development.

This project is a milestone in the innovation that Agems has been working on, focusing on the improvement and efficiency of services, and on education for the sustainable development of Mato Grosso do Sul. Flor Solar unites tourism with sustainability and environmental awareness for people about the use of clean energy. We're very happy with this achievement and I'm sure it will be a success," says the president of Agems, Carlos Alberto de Assis.

This initiative not only contributes to raising awareness about the importance of clean, renewable energy, but also demonstrates how it is possible to integrate sustainable solutions into public spaces, promoting a greener, more resilient future. Energisa Mato Grosso do Sul has already invested more than R$4.13 billion by 2023, mainly in improving quality and serving new businesses that are growing or arriving in the state.

We celebrated 10 years of Energisa in Mato Grosso do Sul in April. It's been 10 years of intense transformation and contributions to the development of the state. To symbolize these 10 years, we are handing over the Solar Flower in Parque da Nações, a park that represents a gift for all the municipalities," said the CEO of Energisa Mato Grosso do Sul, Marcelo Vinhaes.

Marcelo Vinhaes, CEO of Energisa MS, at the inauguration of Flor Solar
Marcelo Vinhaes, CEO of Energisa MS, at the inauguration of Flor Solar

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