E7, an association of some of the world’s leading energy suppliers, including RWE, is to invest $5 million in the construction of a 2.4-megawatt windfarm on the Galapagos Islands.

The development comes as the island’s current system of diesel-powered electricity generation is scheduled to be replaced by wind power next year and represents RWE strategic desire to establish a presence in the region.

E7’s contribution of approximately $5 million will make up half the total investment volume for the windfarm. With a capacity of 2.4 megawatts, the plant will supply electricity to around 3,000 people, which is half the island’s entire population. The three turbines for the wind power system will be constructed in San Cristobal, and will start delivering electricity to the islanders in 2006.

Supported by the United Nations and the government of Ecuador, the project’s goal is to guarantee an ecologically sustainable development on the islands.