Wind and solar projects come online in Galápagos Islands

Ecuador's Galápagos Islands now have new wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) projects aimed at improving the energy supply. President Rafael Correa (pictured) recently opened the Baltra wind farm and the Puerto Ayora PV power station.

Both projects are included in the Galápagos' Zero Fossil Fuels initiative, a plan to reduce dependence on oil derivatives in the archipelago, an area of high environmental sensitivity.  

The wind farm has an installed capacity of 2.25 MW, with three 750 kW turbines, and will supply 25 per cent of the nearby town of PUerto Ayarta's power demand. The PV plant produces 1.5 MW and has about 6000 solar panels.

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