Spanish Island becomes 100% green

The small island of El Hierro located in the Canary Islands has became the first remote location in the world to be powered totally by renewable energy. The island is now powered by wind turbines and a hydro plant to provide green energy.

Any excess electricity produced by the wind turbines is used to pump the water kept as sea level up to the reservoir. If the wind is not strong enough to provide the whole island with the required energy, the hydro plant will start to produce energy to compensate.

This is expected to reduce the islands carbon emissions by 18,700 tonnes per year and Spain will be hoping that other small islands look to El Hierro and follow suit. The head of local council on El Hierro said they were leading the way for the world and that they had proved that remote locations around the world can survive by ditching fossil fuels and using green energy.