- Location: Roncesvalles, Tolima
- Startup Year: 2015
- Installed capacity: 55 MW
- Type of generation:hídrica a filo de agua.
- Generation Units: 2.
The Cucuana Hydroelectric Power Plant operates in Tolima. This run-of-river power plant was certified as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) by the United Nations, UN, for its contribution to climate change mitigation. In 21 years, it is expected to avoid the emission of approximately 1,853,250 nominal metric tons of greenhouse gases. During its constructive peak, the project generated more than 1,100 direct jobs, 491 of them to inhabitants of the municipalities of Roncesvalles, San Antonio, Rovira and Chaparral, and 300 indirect jobs in leasing, catering and lodging services, among others.
Thanks to the construction of this hydroelectric power plant project, the Organization has made investments in social and environmental projects for nearly COP 34 billion in 78 projects that were agreed with the communities and address basic community needs, most importantly:
- 18 production projects in which COP 770 million were invested, benefiting 462 families from 12 towns in Roncesvalles and San Antonio, in coffee, beans, cold-weather fruit trees (tree tomato, lulo and blackberry), wicker, laying hens, fish farming and livestock.
- Delivery of 15,000 school kits between 2010 and 2015.
- Improvement of 18 rural educational institutions and the construction of one school.
- Furnishing of 16 rural schools with first-aid kits, libraries and sports equipment.
- Improvement and furnishing of 8 school cafeterias.
- Reforestation of 160.41 hectares.
- Installation of 100 septic systems, 10 of which were implemented in rural schools.
- Recovery, renovation and improvement of 82 kilometers of the Rovira-Roncesvalles road, which reduced commuting time from 8 to 4 hours from Ibagué to this area of the department of Tolima.
- COP 1.3 billion on the renovation of tertiary roads and country roads, whose execution is currently at 90%.
The construction of the Cucuana Hydroelectric Power Plant required the prior consultation with the Pijao de Oro indigenous group, with whom agreements were made to address the impacts identified by the community to defend and strengthen the collective rights of the indigenous group.