Renewable energy to generate 70% of electricity on Galapagos in the near future

Renewable energy to generate 70% of electricity on Galapagos in the near future

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Renewable energy has replaced millions of liters of diesel, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, preserved endangered species and currently meets 30% of the electricity demands of the Galapagos Islands.
Ecuador’s famous and biodiverse archipelago, made up of 19 islands in the Pacific Ocean, was once mostly uninhabited but is now home to 30,000 people (with tourism capped at 200,000 a year). The capital, San Cristóbal was dependent on diesel-fueled generating stations, but after a nasty oil spill in 2001, $10 million was invested in a renewable energy project.
Now the new project owners are interested in expanding so that 70% of electricity demands would be supported by renewable energy in the near future (with the ultimate goal being 100%).
Executive President of ELECGALÁPAGOS S.A., the local utility company that now has full ownership of the project, Marco Salao Bravo said:
“Our team shall continue working in the implementation of current and future renewable energy projects to convert the Galapagos into a zero fossil fuels territory.”
According to the press release, ‘despite energy-conservation programs, electricity demand will rise by 60% from now to 2024, on top of a 275% increase realized since 2003. Consumption is spurred by the rising population, a new hospital and hotel, and other factors. A national attempt to reduce the use of fossil fuels through a shift from ovens fuelled by liquefied petroleum gas to electric induction models will add about 1.3 megawatts to annual demand on San Cristóbal.’

Posted By Sally on June 2, 2016 | 0 Comment

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