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About the Solar Field in the GalápagosYosef Abramowitz, A.K.A. 'Captain Sunshine', who has been recognized by CNN as one of six leading green pioneers on the planet and the Co-founder of Energiya Global, needs your help to build a 300KW solar power field on San Cristóbal Island in the Galápagos.
Where We Are Today
We have completed almost all of the pre-development stages including:
- 1.5 hectares of land in San Cristobal secured via a 15 years land lease with the municipality.
- A Certificate of Intersection was obtained for the solar project.
- The Galapagos National Park (PNG) approved the Environmental Impact Assessment.
- Executed a pre-feasibility study which estimated the potential PV solar energy to be fed into the Island grid.
What We Need
With your help, we need to raise $250,000 in order to build the field and start supplying clean energy to the Galápagos.
Specifically, the money will be spent on the following:
- Final pre-development costs including the grid connection design and the final electricity study.
- Down payment to the EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) company that will build the project. The down payment will ensure the EPC company can start moving forward with the shipping of the necessary equipment to the Galapagos in time to meet the Ecuadorian regulator's deadline for the project to be built and interconnected.
Meanwhile, we need to put a $25,000 deposit down to allow us to continue building the field. Therefore, we have changed the goal of this campaign from $250,000 to $25,000 in order to help us meet this imminent deadline.
What You GetWe need your help, so we want you to feel part of the campaign and every contribution, big or small, is important to us. Everyone who contributes $36 or more will receive a thank you postcard signed by Captain Sunshine sent from the Galápagos. We of course have great T-shirts, hats, solar electricity producing backpacks, and other souvenirs that we will be giving away as rewards and we will be updating our rewards frequently, so please check in with us often.
We want our contributors to feel ownership over the solar field and know that it was built because of you. For contributors who give $500 we will inscribe your name into our contributors monument that we will be erecting next to the solar field. For contributors who want to contribute the cost of an entire solar panel - $1000 - we will dedicate the panel to you or anyone you choose with an engraved plaque that will be placed next to the panel.
Currently, the Galápagos relies mainly on dirty diesel oil for electricity, which needs to be shipped across the ocean in heavy polluting boats. Every week the solar field will replace the burning of 20 barrels of oil (842 US Gallons), that's 930 barrels of oil (147,000 Liters or 39,000 US Gallons) a year not being shipped to the Galápagos and burned there.
The reliance on diesel oil poses an enormous threat to the environment and the species that live on the Galápagos. In 2001, the oil tanker 'Jessica', on its way to an oil port transfer station in the Galápagos, scraped against the seabed causing the boat to fill with water and capsize, spilling the oil contents of the boat into the sea: a total of 175,000 US gallons (660,000 L) of diesel and fuel were spilled. It was one of the worst environmental disasters in the archipelago's history.
Every dollar you contribute to this campaign will not just help build the solar field in the Galápagos, it will also send a message about the importance and feasibility of solar energy. After the successful creation of the solar field in San Cristóbal, we will prove once again the benefits of replacing fossil fuels with renewable and clean energy, shining the way forward for more solar projects throughout the world.
Other Ways You Can Help
Please remember to tell your friends and family about this campaign so they can be a part of it too. We need all the help we can get. Captain Sunshine needs you!
About Energiya Global
Energiya Global develops affordable solar projects worldwide, with the goal of providing clean electricity for 50 million people by 2020.
Our vision is for a world in which the developing nations will be powered predominantly by clean, safe, affordable, renewable energy. Clean energy will not be a luxury that only wealthy nations can afford, but will be the energy of choice for lifting people in developing countries out of poverty. Energya Global mobilizes the ingenuity and the values of Israel and the Jewish People to reduce the world's dependence on fossil fuels and empower people globally.
What We Do
Energiya Global develops solar PV projects from planning through to implementation.
Energiya Global's core activities include identifying promising markets, securing land, carrying out necessary studies and tests, obtaining permits, negotiating Power Purchase Agreements with governments or utilities and bringing debt and equity finance.
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About Captain Sunshine
Named by CNN as one of the top six Green Pioneers worldwide, Yosef Abramowitz serves as President of the Arava Power Company, Israel's leading solar developer. Arava Power built the first grid-connected solar field in Israel and recently closed on $204 million for the next eight solar fields in Israel, with a further $2 billion worth of projects in the pipeline. An entrepreneur, environmentalist and human rights activist, Yosef has established Energiya Global to bring solar power on a commercial basis to developing nations. Yosef was named to the Jerusalem Post's list of 50 most influential Jews worldwide in 2011 and 2012 and has been co-nominated 3 times for the Nobel Peace Prize. Yosef was also awarded "Person of the Year" by the 2012 Israel Energy and Business Convention.
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