With some of the most bio-diverse areas on the planet and extremely remote communities, the benefits of environmentally-friendly energy in Ecuador have an exceptionally positive effect.
Green Empowerment is working with the Fundación Ecuatoriana de Tecnología Apropiada (FEDETA) to strengthen a government sponsored national electrification program that finances renewable energy in remote villages. In the past three years, FEDETA has installed 592 solar systems in 18 communities. They have projects in 48 other communities approved for installation this year.
History of Involvement
Green Empowerment and Fundación Natura have worked with communities deep in the Amazon and closer to the shore on the islands of the Galápagos to bring electricity to homes, health clinics, community buildings, and conservation centers using solar panels that support energy needs without destroying the environment.
With another partner, Fundación Ecuatoriana de Tecnología Apropiada (FEDETA), we conducted training workshops each year from 2007-2010 on solar pv, ram pumps, and solar water pumping for community members and engineers that cover construction, financing, and maintenance of these renewable energy systems. A special workshop in 2008 was geared towards facilitating communication between multi-stakeholders in a systematic plan to electrify Ecuador.
In 2009, we assisted with the design of a solar water pump in the community of San Pablo de Kantesiya, installed in October of that same year. Since 2007 we have also placed two long term volunteers with FEDETA.
A New Partnership
We began a new partnership with CARE Ecuador in 2008. In 2009, we invited and funded participation of CARE Ecuador representatives at the 2009 and 2010 Biogas Digester Exchanges in Peru and Costa Rica. We also found funding for the installation of 10 Biodigesters in both 2009 and 2010. CARE Ecuador is also a member of the “Network of Biodigesters for Latin America and the Caribbean” (RedBioLAC).