30 Sep '14, 10am

Green News: Spanish Island Kicks the Oil Habit

Green News: Spanish Island Kicks the Oil Habit

In the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa, residents of El Hierro are only a few months away from weaning themselves completely from fossil fuels for the generation of electricity. They will rely instead on a $110 million renewable energy system that uses both wind turbines and hydroelectric generation. According to reports from National Public Radio and Thomasnet , the Spanish island will be able to forego the importation of 40,000 barrels of oil a year to power generators. The new system, which NPR said was inaugurated this summer, will be able to generate as much as 48 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year, enough to supply all of the island's needs. It is to become fully functional by the end of the year. Using both wind and hydro The system includes five wind turbines and a closed-loop hydro system consisting of two reservoirs. When there's enough wind, the ...

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