Ecuador’s Ministry of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources has released a tender for the manufacture of a 14.8 MW/40.9 MWh of solar+storage facility.
The Conolophus project will decrease diesel consumption on Santa Cruz Island in Galapagos National Park, plus the adjacent island of Baltra.
Engrossed developers had until this Tuesday to pre-qualify for the procurement activity. The tender final outcomes will be declared at the last of the first quarter of 2021.
“The project is part of a private initiative,” the government stated in March, when the project was first launched.
It is the third project of its type for the archipelago. Another 1 MW project, including a 2.2 MWh battery storage system, was announced two years ago. The project has the financial support of the Korean Institute of Development and Technology (KIAT).
Another project under the KIAT program is a PV installation with storage, built by Siemens on Isabela Island. The company completed one of the world’s first 100%-renewable island power systems in October 2018. The $13 million projects, part of the government’s Zero Fossil Fuels on Galapagos policy, features more than 3,000 polycrystalline PV modules from Chinese manufacturer Trina Solar, for 952 kW of PV capacity.