23 Feb '14, 6pm

Island lives the green energy dream: El Hierro now has five wind turbines with a combined installed capacity o...

Island lives the green energy dream: El Hierro now has five wind turbines with a combined installed capacity o...

Yet the island was still importing and burning 6,000 tonnes of diesel per year, emitting 18,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Twenty percent of the electrical energy consumed ran three desalination plants to generate water for drinking and irrigation. So a lack of energy on El Hierro not only meant not being able to turn on the lights; it also meant suffering from a scarcity of water and thus food. The government of El Hierro realized conservation wasn’t enough; it needed to take things a step further and become a 100 percent energy-self-sufficient island. A public-private partnership was formed between the Island Council, the Spanish energy company Endesa, and the Canary Islands Technological Institute to develop the project, called Gorona del Viento. El Hierro now has five wind turbines with a combined installed capacity of 11.5 megawatts soon to provide the majority of the ...

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