Two GSEP projects win prestigious National Energy Globe Awards

June 5, 2017

In celebration of World Environment Day, we are proud to announce that two GSEP projects have received National Energy Globe Awards, one of the world’s most prestigious environmental prizes. The Galapagos San Cristobal Island Wind Project (Ecuador) and the Dhiffushi Solar Ice Project (Maldives) have been selected as the best renewable energy projects in Ecuador and Maldives, respectively.

These projects were selected by Energy Globe, an organization that partners with UNESCO and the UN Environment Programme, from over 2000 submissions from over 170 countries. The goal of the Energy Globe Awards is to provide a global platform to inspire and motivate others to follow their example. The GSEP would like to thank all the local partners and beneficiaries from both projects for their collaboration and support over the years to make these projects a reality.

About the Winning Projects

Galapagos San Cristobal Island Wind Project

Located in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Galapagos San Cristobal Island Wind Project is Ecuador’s first and longest-operating wind park. Inaugurated in October 2007, this world-class project was led by American Electric Power and RWE and is the first large-scale wind project in Ecuador. It has been operating reliably since its commissioning to produce over 26 million kWh of energy to San Cristobal’s customers, preventing the emission of over 21,000 tonnes of CO2, compared to a full diesel supply. The three 800 kW turbines and two 6 kW solar photovoltaic systems supply approximately 30% of the island’s electricity needs. The project has been financially sustainable, generating over $3.4 million US in revenues since 2007. It is registered under the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism.

The project was completed with the support and collaboration of the United Nations Foundation, the United Nations Development Programme, the Government of Ecuador, EOLICSA and ELECGALAPAGOS. 

Dhiffushi Solar Ice Project
A unique feature of this project is the installation of an ice-making machine coupled with the PV system, which uses excess electricity to produce ice from seawater. This innovative feature not only provides a solution to the need expressed by Dhiffushi’s residents, it also provides a simple yet sustainable way for local fishermen to preserve fish and save costs, stimulating the local economy. The system supplies 25% of the demand of Dhiffushi’s population under the best conditions and prevents the emission of 52 tonnes of CO2 per year, compared to a full diesel supply. The project was completed with the support and collaboration of the Government of Maldives, the Government of Japan, the Dhiffushi Island Council, the Asian Development Bank, and the State Electric Company Limited. The project was inaugurated in November 2016.

The Dhiffushi Solar Ice Project in the Maldives, led by the Kansai Electric Power Company, is a 40kW solar photovoltaic (PV) project installed on the residential island of Dhiffushi, Maldives. The Maldives, one of the world’s most climate-vulnerable countries, is still largely reliant on fossil fuels to satisfy energy needs. By tapping into the power of solar energy, this project helps to create a more sustainable future for the Maldives and is a model for future solar energy development in the region.