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Galapagos: fragile archipelago switches petrol for renewables

In 2007, the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP) led a project to bring renewable energy to the San Cristóbal Island of the Galapagos archipelago, successfully replacing 30% of the island’s petroleum generated electricity with renewables. Now the GSEP has outlined a proposal to expand the project to provide a further 40% of clean energy to the island. The project’s leader, Paul Loeffelman, discusses the project, its expansion and the challenges presented by the ecologically sensitive environment.

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