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Detail of GEF Project #1135

GEF Project ID1135
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameRenewable Energy for Electricity Generation—Renewable Electrification of the Galapagos Islands
RegionLatin America and Caribbean
Focal AreaClimate Change
Operational Program6
Pipeline Entry Date1997-08-01
PDF-B Approval Date1997-10-03
PDF-C Approval Date2002-12-04
Approval Date2001-12-07
CEO Endorsement Date2006-01-17
GEF Agency Approval Date2006-07-25
Project Completion Date2011-06-30
Project StatusProject Completion
Executing AgencyDepartment for Alternative Energy, Ministry of Energy and Mines
DescriptionThe project aims at reducing Ecuador’s energy-related CO2 emissions by introducing PV and wind energy as a substitute for fossil fuel (mainly diesel) utilised in electricity generation, specifically for the Galapagos Archipelago. In addition, the project will substantially decrease the volume of diesel annually shipped to the island, thereby reducing the environmental threat of an oil spill that can cause great damage to the biodiversity found in and around the coastal ecosystem of the islands. The activities proposed in the project are designed to remove barriers to the development and utilisation of renewable energy for electricity generation, initially in Galapagos but eventually in the nation as a whole. The project will develop local capacity to identify technical and financing options and to formulate the regulatory, institutional and financial instruments necessary to demonstrate the technical, economic, and financial viability of establishing joint ventures to generate electricity utilising renewable energy to supply mini-grids or feed into large grids.
Implementation StatusAPR-JUN 2007: (FSP) Studies on the potential impacts of the Santa Cruz wind farm construction and operation on endemic animal and plant species concluded that the best site would be nearby Baltra Island, thus ratifying the findings of the feasibility study. An international expert was hired to review the feasibility study and advise the PMU in a Call for tenders for the EPC of the Baltra wind farm. The selection of a firm to execute the definitive Environmental Impact Assessment for the wind farm in Baltra and the transmission line is under way. The feasibility study for the use of biofuels for electricity generation in Floreana was completed and results were discussed with national and local stakeholders. The San Cristobal wind farm will start operations by the end of August.
PDF B Amount
283,100 USD
PDF C Amount
560,334 USD
GEF Project Grant
3,800,000 USD
GEF Grant
4,643,434 USD
Cofinancing Total
21,310,000 USD
Project Cost
25,953,434 USD
GEF Agency Fees
342,443 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
3,239,666 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
27,576,469 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
31,659,569 USD
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