Project: An accurate assessment of the use of electricity in all of the households and buildings in the Galapagos, the replacement of inefficient electrical appliances and apparatuses with more efficient components (refrigerators, light bulbs, etc.), the use of alternative non-electric solutions (solar water heating for kitchens and showers, for example) and a community outreach program to educate the population about energy conservation. University students will be involved in the collection, organization and presentation of data, along with the organization of refrigerator replacement, light bulb replacement, custom design and installation of solar water heaters for specific sites and within the community outreach program.

The government of Ecuador’s plan to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in the Galapagos by 2015 is ambitious. They will need some concrete numbers/evidence and real locally supported options. The eMON project will give them that and more.