30 May '16, 4pm

Galapagos Islands getting major renewable energy expansion

The Galapagos Islands are most famous for the unique animal species studied by Charles Darwin and it's those species that have been the driving force behind the archipelago's quest to derive all of its energy from renewable sources instead of imported diesel fuel which still meets the majority of its energy needs. Back in 2001, a fuel tanker bringing diesel fuel to San Cristóbal, the provincial capital, struck a reef and spilled about 570,000 liters of diesel oil which threatened the plants, birds and marine life that only call the Galapagos home. After that event, an international group created the $10 million San Cristóbal Wind Project which saw the installation of three 51-meter-tall wind turbines and two sets of solar panels in 2007. That project, operated by the energy company EOLICSA, has managed to cover 30 percent of the electricity needs of San Cristóbal, the seco...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/renewable-energy/galapagos-isla...

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