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The smallest and least known of Spain's Canary Islands, El Hierro, is making a splash by becoming the first island in the world fully energy self-sufficient through combined water and wind power.Its five turbines installed at the northeastern tip of El Hierro near the capital Valverde will have a total output of 11.5 megawatts – more than enough power to meet the demand of the island's roughly 10,000 residents and its energy-hungry water desalination plants.Although other islands around the world are powered by solar or wind energy, experts say El Hierro is the first to secure a constant supply of electricity by combining wind and water power and with no connection to any outside electricity network.El Hierro's wind power plant has sparked interest from other islands seeking to follow its example.The island authorities own 60 percent of the plant, with 30 percent held by Spanish energy company Endesa – a subsidiary of Italian group Enel – and 10 percent by a local technology institute.
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