Ecuador adopts feed-in tariffs

The electricity authority of Ecuador adopted a system of feed-in tariffs for the development of renewable energy in April 2011. The regulations cover both continental Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands.

By Paul Gipe

The programme by the South American country of 15 million people includes multiple technologies, including solar photovoltaics (PV). Biomass-biogas and hydro projects are further differentiated by size.

Ecuador joins a growing list of developing countries that recently have adopted systems of feed-in tariffs, including Malaysia and Uganda. Botswana and the Philippines are both expected to introduce programs in 2011.

Renewable tariffs in Ecuador
2011   Tariff
Solar PV150.2920.4000.4003
Biomass-biogas <5 MW150.0810.1100.1105
Biomass-biogas >5 MW150.0700.0960.0960
Hydropower <10 MW150.0520.0720.0717
Hydropower >10 MW <30 MW150.0500.0690.0688
Hydropower >30 MW <50 MW150.0450.0620.0621
Solar PV150.3220.4400.4403
Biomass-biogas <5 MW150.0890.1220.1216
Biomass-biogas >5 MW150.0770.1060.1056
Tariffs in US$/kWh    
Contract term: 15 years from 1 January, 2013


This feed-in tariff news update is partially supported by An Environmental Trust and David Blittersdorf in cooperation with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. The views expressed are those of Paul Gipe and are not necessarily those of the sponsors.

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