Records reached as El Hierro supplies continuous clean energy
El Hierro is notching up European records as it manages to supply the entire island with renewable energy for weeks at a time.
On July 31st, the island surpassed the mark of 18 consecutive days of exclusive supply with renewables. Since July 13th at 2.12pm until that date, all electrical energy consumed came from clean technologies.
Gorona del Viento El Hierro therefore started August having generated 51% of the island’s electricity from renewable sources during the first seven months of the year thanks to the Hydroelectric Power Plant, a system that, during the past month, has reached 97% coverage of demand.
The president of Gorona del Viento and the Cabildo de El Hierro, Alpidio Armas, points out that “this new milestone is good news for El Hierro and Gorona del Viento, which shows that we are going in the right direction.”
More records are expected to follow.
In the accumulated balance of the month of July, 100% of the electricity was generated for 658 hours. This scenario, more and more frequent, exceeds all the initial expectations of integration of renewables in the island’s electrical system.
“These figures put us ahead of the millennium goals but with an eye on full supply, complemented in the near future with new technologies and clean energy sources,” says Sr. Armas.
To date, since its entry into operation in 2015, the El Hierro Hydroelectric Power Plant has saved more than 20,000 tons of diesel and avoided emitting about 80,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.