PRESS RELEASE

Ecuador promotes the use of renewable energy in Isla Isabela

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

This press release from Ecuador's Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy was published using an automatic translation system.

In the Isabela canton, the Galápagos Provincial Electric Company (ELECGALÁPAGOS) performed the technical tests of the new hybrid energy system that uses solar irradiation and the use of biofuels to generate 100% renewable electricity.

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On September 1, during a period of 3 hours, the continuous service was delivered to more than 2500 inhabitants who used 1.7 MWh of electricity exclusively from the sun.

"On September 1, during a period of 3 hours, the continuous service was delivered to more than 2500 inhabitants who used 1.7 MWh of electricity exclusively from the sun"

It should be noted that the construction of the Isabela Island Hybrid System was materialized by the non-reimbursable financing agreements that the Government of Germany promotes through the German Development Bank (KFW) with the Government of Ecuador. The infrastructure reaches a construction cost of 14 million dollars.

The components that stand out in the hybrid system are: installation of a photovoltaic system of 0.92 MWp (Megawatts peak), a new dual thermal infrastructure that uses biofuel, which replaces the existing diesel generator sets, with dual generators of 1650 kW (Kilowatt) and an electrical substation.

Likewise, the hybrid system will have an installed capacity of 2.54 MW and generate around 5.3 GWh per year, which will prevent the emission of 1,400 tons of CO 2 per year, contributing to the "Zero Fossil Fuels for the Galapagos" initiative, that seeks to eradicate the use of petroleum fuels in the islands.

The national Government, through the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, non-renewable and ELECGALÁPAGOS, guarantee a more efficient and responsible electric service with the environment for the fishing, hotel and commercial economic activities of the Ecuadorians of the Galápagos Archipelago.