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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Ecuador 2017
The Galapagos San Cristobal Island wind project was the first large-scale wind project in Ecuador.
Small islands tend to be drastically effected by climate change. The negative effects include rising sea-levels and extreme climatic events. In the Galapagos, deterioration of coastal conditions through erosion of beaches and coral bleaching is expected to affect local resources. This will manifest in a reduction of the value of these destinations for tourism and jeopardize this vulnerable small island’s environment and socioeconomic development at large. Diesel fuel has been used in the Galapagos archipelago to power generators that produce the electricity needed by its residents. The concern over the risk of fuel spills, which continuously threaten the archipelagos unique and fragile environment has increased.
The government of Ecuador decided to explore the development of an environmentally friendly power generation. The project operates sustainably, both environmentally and financially. As the project is located in the fragile ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands, companies were committed to design and construct the project in strict compliance with environmental laws and the recommended environmental safeguards. Since the projects commercial start-up, no endangered indigenous birds have been injured or killed because of the wind turbines. The project has become a symbol of successful sustainable energy development.
This innovative project developed and demonstrated sustainable and commercial approaches to deliver community-based renewable energy services. It is based on a unique and innovative financing structure. The project is declared as a legally-defined community beneficial project thus allowing Ecuadorian taxpayers to annually designate up to 25% of their national income tax payment to the municipal government for the project. The training of the project facilities operations and maintenance staff ensures the existence of highly qualified professionals on the Galapagos Islands and has increased their confidence in renewable energy projects.