A wind farm produces energy which is directed into the Island’s electricity grid to satisfy the population’s demand for electricity. The surplus energy that is not consumed directly by the Island’s inhabitants is used to pump water between two reservoirs set at different altitudes. During times of wind shortage, the water stored in the Upper Reservoir is discharged into the Lower Reservoir, where the Wind-Pumped Hydro Power Station is, to generate electricity from its turbines.
In this way, an intermittent, fluctuating source of energy can be converted into a controlled, constant electricity supply, guaranteeing that the grid remains stable and optimising the benefits of renewable energy sources. The diesel-engine-powered Power Station only comes into operation in exceptional circumstances when there is neither sufficient wind or water to produce the energy to meet demand.
A benchmark in the development of renewable energy and environmental respect.
This ground-breaking system, which is unique in the world, has transformed El Hierro into a flagship for the development of renewable energies and for respect for the environment thanks to the high percentage of electricity which it succeeds in generating from clean sources, resulting in a saving on diesel and a considerable reduction in CO2 emissions.
El Hierro’s Island Council maintains a 65.82% holding in Gorona del Viento, while Endesa holds 23.21%, the Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias (Technological Institute of the Canary Islands) holds 7.74% and the Canary Islands Government 3.23%.
Gorona del Viento is committed to transparency, innovation and sustainability as fundamental values. That is why it annually allocates resources to activities that generate a positive impact on the society of Herrera.
Material and resources for the promotion of renewable energies and the El Hierro Hydropower Plant.
Support and broadcasting to students on topics related to the environment, water preservation, and energy.
Compromise and responsibility
The values that prevail in Gorona del Viento’s decision making are:
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Environmental commitment of the project
Corporate Social Responsibility
Strict compliance with legislation
Commitment to quality
Perseverance and professionalism
The mission of the company is the production and sale of electrical energy obtained from renewable sources on the island of El Hierro. Likewise, the construction and, currently, the exploitation of the hydroelectric power station constitutes a demonstrative, innovative and exemplary action that could potentially be exported to other territories, thus constituting a testing laboratory for new scenarios.get to know our ethical conduct
Savings, management, synergies
The management of the company is oriented to the following approaches:
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