Celebrating our Galápagos wind park with a special publication

December 10, 2013

With three 800 kW wind turbines, GSEP’s Galápagos San Cristóbal Island wind park was the first large-scale wind project in Ecuador. An iconic symbol of the success of localized sustainable energy development, the project has displaced a total of one third of diesel consumption on San Cristóbal.

To mark its sixth year of operations, GSEP is issuing a special report to highlight the results and achievements since the park's commissioning (the report is also available in Spanish). 

When it was developed and constructed, the project was one of the world’s largest hybrid projects for which there was no precedent in Ecuador. The fact that the wind park was developed in the fragile ecosystem of the Galápagos Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage site, raised the stakes even further. We were committed to designing and constructing the project in strict compliance with environmental laws and the recommended environmental safeguards. The results matched these high performance expectations: since its commercial start-up in 2007, no petrels, an endangered indigenous bird on the islands, have been injured because of the wind turbines.

We are proud that the Galápagos San Cristóbal Island wind park has been a national pioneer in the use of wind resources and served as a reference for the development of similar projects both in the Galápagos Islands and on Ecuador’s mainland. Close collaboration with our local partners, along with a strong design and trustworthy team, have ensured the project’s successful operations over the last six years.  The project’s impressive track record and success rest on sensible management and a willingness by the local community and national government to try new, different approaches to introducing renewable energy on San Cristóbal. The national government established new policies to enable renewable power to be deployed and endorsed a new electricity price tariff based on costs to generate power with the local wind resource. The training of the project facilities’ operations and maintenance staff ensures the existence of highly qualified professionals on the Galápagos Islands. Developing the technical and management skills of the local population has increased their confidence in renewable energy projects.