El Hierro beats 18-day spree for 100% renewables supply

EL HIERRO, smallest of the Canary Islands, has supplied itself with 100% renewable energy for more than 18 consecutive days in July, revealed its Local Government.

Starting on 13th July, 13, up to 31st July, the island’s entire electricity came from renewables, beating its own 2018 record when the island’s Gorona del Viento, wind power-based, pumped-hydro system, met local demand successfully for 18 days running.

Gorona del Viento managed to cover 97% of demand in July, while, for the first seven months this year, it produced 51% of the island’s electricity.

The facility consists of an 11.5-MW wind farm of five turbines, which delivers electricity to the hydro storage system. A back-up diesel engine is put into operation when neither water nor wind can produce enough to meet the demand.

The power plant is run by Gorona del Viento El Hierro SA, in which the island’s governing Cabildo body holds a 65.82% stake.

Spanish power utility Endesa SA controls 23.21%, while the Technological Institute of the Canary Islands and the Canary Islands Government hold 7.74% and 3.23%, respectively.

Since it started operations in 2015, Gorona del Viento has saved more than 20,000 tonnes of diesel fuel, as well as avoiding emissions of some 80,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), according to the El Hierro Cabildo.


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