El Hierro: The First Totally Wind Powered Island!
Just off the coast of Africa, the smallest country of the Canary Island – El Hierro – became 100% wind powered. With May 2014 as their first month with total reliance on their new wind system, El Hierro has made history. The project includes five wind turbines on the North Eastern tip of the Island for a capacity of 11.5 megawatts, and two hydroelectric back up systems. Comparing the energy generated from these projects, El Hierro makes enough energy to service their 2003 population; this makes them completely energy self-sufficient.
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