Canary Island, El Hierro, Goes Totally Renewable

I’m in the mood for good news only today. From a blog called Development Crossing:

Madrid’s government announced Tuesday that El Hierro, one of the smallest of Spain’s Canary Islands, is to receive 100 percent of its electricity supply from renewable energy sources.

El Hierro will rely on a combination of hydroelectricity and wind power to generate its electricity. “El Hierro will be the first island in the world totally supplied by renewable energy,” the ministry said. The technology associated with this task includes a system involving two reservoirs to power hydroelectric stations, a wind farm and a pumping system.

I wondered about El Hierro, so I did some searching and found the video below. It’s an aerial tour of the island. You don’t learn much about the renewable energy projects (although the tour does pass by some windmills) but you do get a sense of some of the exquisite landscape and architecture of the island.

Hat tip to for the link.