$55 million allocated for renewable energy projects in the Galapagos

The Government of Ecuador has allocated—thanks to the support of international cooperation—more than $55 million for the construction of renewable energy projects in the Galapagos Islands, with the aim of promoting wind and solar power.

This was reported on Monday by the Ministry of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources, specifying that the projects are part of the initiative called Zero Fossil Fuels, in a unique space such as the Galapagos archipelago, with endemic species.

A statement from that the Minstry indicated that the investment seeks to promote the production of renewable energies for electricity generation in the aforementioned Ecuadorian province, particularly in the islands of Santa Cruz, Baltra, San Cristobal, Isabela and Floreana, in order to replace the use of fossil fuels, benefiting more than 25,000 thousand inhabitants.

The initiative is promoted by the Ministry through the electricity company Elecgalapagos, with the aim of eradicating the use of petroleum-derived fuels and the emission of CO2 into the environment.

According to the MInstry, it is planned that by 2025 the islands of San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz, Isabela and Floreana will be powered by wind and solar power. In 2018, the total energy generated in the archipelago was 56,897.64 MWh / year, of which 16% correspond to renewable sources.

In 2018, the Government of Ecuador inaugurated the Isabela Hybrid project, which today consumes 34 percent less fuel than the old thermal power plant, meaning a saving of 1,400 tons of CO2 per year.

Likewise, and through cooperation with the Government of Korea, the 1.0 MWp photovoltaic project in San Cristóbal, will have a 2.2 MWh storage system.

Extracted from Diario El COMERCIO