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Santa Maria (Boyaca, Colombia)

Santa María

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Santa María is a municipality in the Colombian Department of Boyacá, part of the the subregion of the Neira Province. It was elevated to municipal status on 1 December 1961.
The flag of Santa María is horizontally divided green-white-blue with a diagonal (bottom hoist to top fly) yellow "light beam".
Source: municipal web site
Dov Gutterman, 18 September 2008

Translated from municipal web site
"Designed by Elmer Ayonel Urrego, born in Santa María, the flag is made of three equal stripes showing the balance between the three elements represented by the three colours green, white and blue:
- Green, the colour of the mountains and shades of the landscape that surround us, represents the vegetal resources used for agriculture, as wel as the exuberant flora and fauna harboured by our tropical wet forests;
- Blue, symbolizing the colour of the sky and the clearness of the municipal waters, represents the water resources, responsible of 10% of the national energy supply, also a great potential for tourism;
- Yellow, as a light beam representing the potential for electricity that made of Santa María the 'Hydroelectricity Center of Colombia'."
Quoting the AES website:
"The Chivor Hydroelectric Plant is a company dedicated to power generation in Colombia. Our company has a dependable capacity of about 1000 MV and it is located in the jurisdiction of Boyacá State, in the Valle de Tenza region, 160 kilometers away from the country’s capital city Bogotá.
Our commitment is to transform, through the implementation of the most advanced technology, the natural water resources of our region into power energy for the development of our country and our own organization. We occupy the fourth place in power generation in the country, supplying 8% of the nation’s demand.
The Chivor Project was born as the greatest engineering project in the country, and today, 30 years later, we are still leaders in the implementation of the most advanced technological platforms in the entire region. Our personnel is not only highly qualified but also has been certified in each area of specialty.
AES Chivor is a subsidiary in Colombia of AES Corporation (Applied Energy Services), a world leader in electric generation. Founded in 1981 its mission is to provide safe, clean and reliable electric power at a reasonable price with environmental and social responsibility." "For hydroelectric purposes the Batá river is diverted to La Esmeralda Dam, the dam has a storage capacity of 617.73 mm3. The regulated streams of the Batá river are diverted through two parallel tunnels to the hollow of the Lengupá river, where the power house is located."
Ivan Sache, 29 September 2008

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