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Facilities

Education-Information Classroom


The central space of the building, designed to provide information about renewable energy to all sectors of the population. It is a space where you can access a wealth of information on renewable energy sources from different many view points.Different models, panels and interactive applications illustrate the operation of these energies, enabling their comparison with conventional energy.

edificio

On the veranda, the second floor of the classroom, exhibits are usually housed that support the different content discussed at Sotavento.

veranda

Energy Efficiency Room


The room has exclusive Internet applications where visitors can try out practical, interactive energy saving and efficiency measures related to lighting, the use of appliances, transportation, etc.

energy efficiency room

Multifunction Room / Auditorium


This is an area of about 100 m2 used for all kinds of activities from events, lectures, and seminars, to an area for workshops and skills practice.

Multifunction room

Control Room


This is where the production and behaviour of the different technologies present among the Sotavento wind turbines are supervised. It's also where project information that is carried out at the facility is centralised.

Control room

Energy Workshop


Designed so that visitors could observe the operation of the machines more directly.

This features real turbines with their various components. The area is complete with heating systems and information panels.

Energy workshop

In the area outside the wind farm, spread over 50 hectares, the visitor can find the following features:

Wind Turbines


A total of 24 machines, among which are found 9 different models.

Wind Turbines

Solar panels


Several different actual installations of both thermal and photovoltaic technologies, as well as an evaluation project of trackers and solar photovoltaic technologies.

Solar Panels

Bioclimatic House


It is an interpretation centre of bioclimatic architecture, showing the real possibilities of an efficient model building. Visitors can try out the applicability of renewables in a family home and the compare technological innovations in this field. It is equipped with a living room, a bedroom, a kitchen, two bathrooms, and a boiler and electricity production area. (+info)

Bioclimatic House

Hydrogen Plant


It features a pioneering research project related to the possibility of using hydrogen to store wind power.(+info)

Hydrogen Plant

Energy Crops Area


Test-demonstration of the production of this type of energy source conducted by the Department of Soil Science at University of Santiago de Compostela, composed of different energy crops.

Energy Crops Area

The Forest of "tarabelas"


Traditionally used to protect crops from birds.

The Forest of 'tarabelas'

The Windsock forest


For knowing wind strength and wind direction. In Sotavento they are up to 7 m. in length and their colours identify the six renewable energy sources.

The Windsock Forest

The"Mamoas"


Nine burial mounds and tombs from the Megalithic period. One of these has been reproduced for viewing the principle features.

The Mámoas

Wind Route


It is comprised of sculptures scattered throughout the 50 hectares of the Wind Farm, all related to the wind. They consist of parts of the mine and the As Pontes power plant (pressure pipelines, coal silos, etc.). The colouring present in the sculptures represent, as in the case of the windsocks, the six renewable energy sources.

The Wind Route

Stone Route


During the tour, we see a wealth of Galician geology and a permanent exhibition of the unique stones representative of our geology. It was conducted by the Luis Iglesias Natural History Museum at the University of Santiago de Compostela, and educational guides are available, produced in collaboration with the University’s Faculty of Education along with the educational department at Sotavento.

Stone Route

Route of Don Quixote and the Wind


To mark the fourth centenary of Don Quixote, a route was born to honour this work and its author in general and, in particular, the chapters in which the wind takes prominence. In each of the machines in the Wind Farm you can see a bullet and a figure illustrating different parts of the book by Don Miguel de Cervantes.

Route of Don Quixote and the Wind (1)

Route of Don Quixote and the Wind (2)