The company, Gorona del Viento El Hierro, S.A., was formed in 2004 by the organisations that had previously been involved in the initiative to develop the Wind-Pumped Hydro Power Station. Namely, the El Hierro Island Council, the Endesa electricity company, and the Canary Islands’ Institute of Technology, an offshoot of the Regional Government.
The idea of building a system capable of supplying the Island with energy from renewable sources had been mooted in the 1980s. However, it was only with the approval of the Island Council’s Sustainable Development Plan in 1998, and the declaration of El Hierro as a World Biosphere Reserve in 2000 that the first decisive steps were taken to form the company charged with developing and managing the project.
Gorona del Viento is the name of a place in El Pinar, a windswept area on the southern side of the Juan León (or Lión) Mountain, and almost bordering the track connecting the village of El Pinar and the Hoya del Gallego. In addition, Gorona has links with the goro or góranes, Guanche names for the circles of stones that are positioned around fruit trees (particularly fig trees) to protect them from animals and the punishing winds.
A gorona is a type of stone refuge, round in shape and with a small opening for access. It is used as a shelter by shepherds when they need to stay with the flock. So these are the origins of Gorona del Viento El Hierro, S.A.’s company name and logo.
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Last updated 30/03/2020