ALBERTO CASTANEDA, GORONA DE VIENTO
El Hierro, towards energy self-sufficiency
El Hierro Island, the smallest of the Canary Islands, struggle for energy self-sufficiency. In the last year it has made significant achievements / results after the implementation of the Wind-Pumped Hydro Power Station, a project of Gorona del Viento El Hierro.
The system of renewable generation, energetic use systems of wind and hydro power, has already achieved significant numbers of replacing fossil fuel in El Hierro Island and outstanding share data monthly generation, to produce, for example during the month of July, 67% of electricity from the island of El Hierro.
Gorona del Viento El Hierro, S.A. is a semi-public company majority owned by Cabildo de El Hierro, the Insular Government. Other shareholders are Endesa electricity company and Canary Islands Government.
The example of El Hierro can help to maximize the use of renewable energy in isolated territories and guarantee the supply of energy and also, very importantly, water to the population.