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The company Gorona del Viento El Hierro, S.A. was established in 2004 by the entities that had participated in the development of the hydro-wind power plant project up to that time. These are the Cabildo de El Hierro, the electricity company Endesa and the Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias, which reports to the regional government.
Although the first idea of building a system capable of supplying the island with energy from renewable sources arose in the 1980s, it was around the approval of the Sustainable Development Plan of the Cabildo of El Hierro (1998) and the declaration of El Hierro as a World Biosphere Reserve (2000), when the most effective steps were taken to set up the company responsible for the development and management of the project.
Gorona del Viento is a place name located in El Pinar, a windy area on the southern slope of the Juan León (or Lión) Mountain, and almost bordering the track that links the village of El Pinar with Hoya del Gallego. Gorona is also related to the goro or góranes, the Guanche names for the circle of stones placed around fruit trees, especially fig trees, to protect them from animals and from the whips of the wind.
A “gorona” is a stone shelter with a rounded shape and a small access opening that serves as a shelter from the pastures during the time spent with livestock. Hence the name and logo of Gorona del Viento El Hierro, S.A.
You can learn more about the history of the commissioning of the Wind-Pumped Hydro plant by clicking here.
Last update 31/05/2022.
Date of publication 30/03/2020.