Photographer's Note

The Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant, the largest in operation in the world, is a binational enterprise jointly developed by Brazil and Paraguay in the Paraná River. The installed power of the Plant is 12,600 MW (megawatts), with 18 generating units of 700 MW each. The production record of the year 2000 - 93.4 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) - was responsible for the supply of 95% of the electric power consumed in Paraguay and 24% of the total demand in the Brazilian market. With its installed power of 12,600 MW, it is well ahead of the plant classified in second place: Guri, in Venezuela, 10,200 MW. In third place is Grand Coulee, in the United States of America, with 6,500 MW, and in fourth is Sayano Shushenskaya, in Russia, with 6,400 MW installed power. The largest Brazilian power plant, Tucuruí, in Pará, has an installed power of 4,200 MW.

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