The group of experts participating in the spring meeting (TASK-14) of the International Energy Agency (IEA) today visited the facilities of the El Hierro´s Wind Pumped Hydro Power Station accompanied by Juan Pedro Sánchez, CEO of Gorona del Viento, to learn what the objectives achieved in this project and what economic and environmental benefits have occurred on the island since its launch.

The island of Meridiano hosts these days the TASK-14 of the IEA. The review of the current situation in the field of photovoltaics on a global level and, specifically, in each member country; the review of the tasks of work plan 2018 – 2021 and the discussion on the challenge of integration of the transmission grid operator and the distribution grid are the central topics discussed by the group of experts who have come from places as diverse as Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Austria or Japan.

Before the visit, Juan Pedro Sánchez received the members of the Photovoltaic Energy Systems section. The CEO has valued the choice of El Hierro as the venue for this important meeting that shows the external recognition of this project. Sánchez recalled that “the Hydroelectric Power Station is not only a project of energy self-sufficiency with clean sources, the Gorona del Viento El Hierro system is an idea, a model that contributes to strengthening ties of collaboration with territories around the world”.

“Gorona del Viento is a living project that increasingly offers better results and is now in a position to study new actions aimed at increasing the current percentage of renewable energy penetration in the island. Actions where solar energy could play an important role”, says the advisor.

Ricardo Guerrero, representative of Spain in TASK-14, pointed out that “for the Canary Islands, and El Hierro in particular, it is a good sign that there is consensus among the member countries of the IEA so that we have decided to hold this meeting in an environment with such international significance in the field of renewable energy. The colleagues who accompany me come with a great desire to learn first hand about the incredible experience that is being developed here, but they also come with an offer: photovoltaic energy is essential in El Hierro if we want to continue making progress in achieving 100% renewable energy.

The Photovoltaic Energy Systems group of the IEA began its activity in 1977 with the main objective of promoting international collaborative efforts that facilitate the role of photovoltaic solar energy as a pillar of the transition to renewable energy systems. The International Energy Agency is an autonomous body that works to ensure the use of reliable, safe and clean energy for all 29 member countries. Spain has been a member since its foundation in 1974.