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Today, our facilities received almost a hundred people from different European countries such as Italy, Romania, Turkey, Macedonia and the United Kingdom. The members of the group, made up of teachers and students of different ages, were accompanied by a group of students and professors of the CPR Alca from Ames.
During the almost 3 hours of activities, the participants could learn about important projects such as Demonstrative Bioclimatic House and even visit the interior of a wind turbine.
In 2017, Sotavento exceeded 9,000 visitors, increasing the data for 2016. The average number of visits per month exceeded 22, with an average duration of 4 hours per visit. The most involved groups are again technical groups followed by high school students and associations.
Sotavento celebrates its sixteenth anniversary receiving in its facilities the visitor number 250.000.
It is 16 years since the current King of Spain, Philip VI, inaugurated the facilities of the Experimental Wind Farm of Sotavento. Since then, more than a quarter of a million people from different backgrounds, ages and groups have visited the facilities of the park participating in its activities.
A successful track record in raising awareness of renewable energies and energy efficiency, which is backed by the many national and international awards received over the last 16 years. Noting the recognition of UNESCO in 2014, which names Sotavento as a case of "Good Practices" and includes it in its publication of the 32 cases of outstanding successes and world-wide level. Only three places in Spain have this mention: Fuerteventura, the island of Hierro and Sotavento.
The firm commitment from the beginning for a flexible educational project, experimental and dynamic in the time, that 16 years later Sotavento continues being a reference in the energetic education.
The celebration of this anniversary coincides with the end of the academic year 2016/2017, during which Sotavento received in its facilities more than 9,417 people distributed in a total of 262 visits.
The European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), launched in 2006 by the European Commission and organized by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (AESME) in close collaboration with the Directorate-General for Energy, has become the latest Years in one of the most important events in the world in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energies.
It is an awareness campaign that aims to sensitize society in relation to energy saving and efficiency and to promote the energy transition among the population in the fight for the progress towards a new model of clean energy and a responsible energy consumption online With European objectives.
In its 12th edition, held from 19 to 25 June, EUSEW 2017 has been able to bring together public authorities, private companies, NGOs and consumers from all over the world who, over a week, have proposed and participated in different activities such as conferences , Round tables, visits to facilities, etc.
Once again and for the seventh consecutive year Sotavento has joined the celebration of the EUSEW 2017 organizing throughout the week different activities in which the more than one hundred people participated during those days that toured the park facilities.
The official start of summer marks the beginning of a summer period in Sotavento during which the park's facilities will remain open to those who, under prior reservation, are interested in visiting us.
To manage the visit can call the phone: 981563777 from 10:00 to 14:00 or send an email to email@example.com.
Conscious of the importance of an environmental education addressed to all groups and ages, Sotavento consolidates its educational proposal aimed at children's education cycles.
Through an extensive program of practical activities and experiences tailored to these children between 3 and 6 years, we discover the importance of energy, the environmental problems derived and the enormous value of our habits of saving and efficiency.
There are almost no educational projects that affect aspects of energy education at these early ages. The lack of means and its difficulty are the arguments used to ignore some of the issues of greater importance for the human being of the SXXI: Energy.
For many years, many centers have been interested in this educational project. One of the most common is the Vilalba children's school. This time, its students between 3 and 5 years could enjoy different practical activities such as transforming the energy of the sun into electrical energy through a photovoltaic plate, experiment with a hydraulic turbine, wind, etc. Even through the use of constructions, they hierarchized the energy balance of our country prioritizing renewable sources. Although it may seem complicated, their responses to complex problems are many times more sensible than many adults.
On May 18, more than fifty participants in the ERASMUS + program promoted by the Xunta de Galicia toured the facilities of the Experimental Wind Farm of Sotavento.
The program aims to support European and national policies in all fields of formal education through the added value of internationalization and offer greater possibilities for mobility and cooperation, both teachers and students in our country.
Under the motto, A CALL FROM SCHOOLS "FOR THE LESS DESTRUCTION LET'S REDUCE THE CONSUMPTION", teachers and students from 6 European countries (Italy, Lithuania, Turkey, Romania, Greece and Spain) make exchanges to promote savings and efficiency In schools.
During his visit to Spain, more than fifty participants in the program, led by the Erasmus + team of IES of A Pobra do Caramiñal, a center immersed in the project, participated in the informative activities in Sotavento, knowing first hand the measures Of efficiency and / or savings applied and promoted in the fight for the reflection of a responsible use of the energetic resources in particular and the environmental problems in general.
The Galician Universities emphasize Sotavento and the Facilities of the Sotavento Experimental Wind Farm as an ideal place to complement the training of its students.
Last April 21, students from two of the main Galician universities coincided on the park facilities.
Both activities are in addition to those already carried out by these centers throughout the academic year 2016-2017, as evevry day more centers of higher studies choose Sotavento as an ideal place for the external training of their students.
On March 30 the Provincial Energy Agency of Cadiz (APEC) hosted the 9th edition of the National Energy Awards EnerAgen 2017.
Endorsed by the Spanish energy management agencies associated with EnerAgen, these awards seek to recognize the best actions to promote and use Renewable Energy and Rational Use of Energy and Energy Efficiency throughout the national territory.
In this 9th edition of the awards, the "Divulgative Educational Plan of Sotavento" has been recognized with an honorable mention in the category of awareness and diffusion of Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency.
In addition to Sotavento, they were awarded in the different categories, City councils located in Girona and Castellón as well as the Diputación de Granada among others.
The fifty-seventh edition of the Environmental Health Course, held from the 20th to the 23rd of March in the municipal auditorium "Carmen Estévez" of Vilalba City Council, comes to an end with a "complete success".
According to data from the organization, this last call summed up more than a hundred participants from Galicia, Asturias or Valencia that during 3 days could benefit from the extraordinary knowledge of the 33 expert speakers who participated in the different plenary sessions.
Climate change, water and waste management, natural heritage and tourist possibilities in the region were some of the topics discussed during the conference, in which Sotavento participated with a session under the title of "Leeward contribution to research, training and Education in renewable energies and energy saving and efficiency ".
In addition, during the closing day the participants made practical visits to the Entrepinares Edar in the polygon of Vilalba, the emblematic pond of the Alligal of Codesido and the Experimental Wind Farm of Sotavento in Xermade.
Since 1998, every 5 March, World Energy Efficiency Day has been celebrated. It was during the 1st International Conference on Energy Efficiency held in Austria where it was decided to set a date for all citizens to reflect on the problem of abusive use of fossil fuels and the importance of starting to use alternative energy sources.
One more year, Sotavento joined the commemoration of this event focusing its activities of the week of March 6 to 12, mainly to the disclosure of aspects related to saving and energy efficiency.
Conscious of the importance of saving and efficiency measures must become a daily routine, Sotavento invited the participants to deposit their energy efficiency advice, in order to know which are the most used savings measures by the citizenship.
At the end of the week and the results analyzed, 43% of those surveyed believe that more bioclimatic housing should be built, 26% think that more electricity should be saved, while 22% of respondents stressed the need to save water, with a remaining 9% that indicating the importance of solar utilization.
Sotavento receives the "Energy Efficiency Award - The Installer 2016" to the best Energy Efficiency Divulgative Action
The Association of Energy Efficiency Companies - A3e and the Editorial The Installer recognize Sotavento and its history as the best Energy Efficiency Report 2016 and they award the 1st prize in its category.
On November 17, 2016, the COAM headquarters in Madrid hosted the IV National Energy Efficiency Forum (FOROGEn), where was held the ceremony for the presentation of the 4th Energy Efficiency Awards.
Organized by A3e - Association of Energy Efficiency Companies and the publisher El Instalador with the collaboration of IDAE and ENDESA, these awards seek to recognize the work carried out by institutions, companies, professionals and students in benefit of energy efficiency in Spain.
Among the more than 30 nominations presented, the jury awarded Sotavento the 1st prize in the category of Best Energy Efficiency Divulgation Action. In addition, they were awarded the "Cinergy Campaign" presented by ARENA MEDIA and "Fulldome" (immersive experience for the promotion of hybrid systems with Aerotermia) presented by SAUNIER DUVAL were also awarded.
José Núñez Baña and Manuel Díaz Fernández, Manager and responsible for the awarded area respectively, have been in charge of collecting the prize in Madrid.
The 2015/2016 academic year ends in Sotavento with more than 8,200 people received a total of 246 educational activities along the course at facilities Sotavento Experimental Wind Farm.
These data, coupled with historical accumulated since the start of the activities of divulging area in 2002, continue placing Sotavento as a benchmark in the field of dissemination of renewable energy.
Most of concerted activities along the course were conducted by high school students and technical groups, both groups represent more than 60% of visits received.
As for its origin, more than 94% of the received groups came from the Autonomous Community of Galicia, although it should be noted that the number of visits from different foreign countries (France, Denmark, etc.) equal to those received from other points of the Spanish geography, assuming both 6% of all groups received.
Among the different educational activities developed throughout the course, should highlight the performance of online visits through ICT present in the center, an activity that offers the opportunity to meet Sotavento collectives that its distance from the park makes it impossible classroom activity. Or the Sotavento collaboration on several projects of research training as is the SATMA project for training in the field of wind to vocational students.
As for activities outside the park stands the participation of Sotavento in the 1st edition of the Fair of Energy Galicia, where according to the organization of the event were more than 5,500 people received over 3 days in the International Fair grounds Abanca Silleda Galicia.
The finale this academic year marks the celebration of the European Energy Week 2016 (EUSEW). An initiative launched in 2006 by the European Commission and organized by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME) closely with the Directorate General for Energy, in its 11ºedición marked as main objective to bring together public authorities, private companies, non-governmental organizations and consumers to promote energy saving initiatives and renewable energy in order to achieve a safe, clean and efficient energy system.
We recall that the end of the academic year 2015/2016 gives way to the beginning of a summer season in Sotavento, during which park facilities remain open for those who, under reservation (Phone: 981 563 777, email: info-disclosure @ sotaventogalicia.com), they are interested in visiting Sotavento more from a tourism perspective. This aspect, less known, which include international organizations such as UNESCO.
The pedagogical team from Sotavento Experimental Wind Farm visited Infant School of Vilalba.
Throughout the whole morning, children from school performed many practical activities with could discover alternative energy sources to fossil fuels. Likewise, they found different measures of energy saving and efficiency to implement both at home and in the school itself.
To make this possible, educators of Sotavento carried up to Vilalba educational equipment and real material composed among others by photovoltaic solar panels, wind turbine models, traditional windmills, waterwheels, consumption meters, various electrical appliances, etc.
The day ended with the preparation of a chocolate prepared with organic milk donated by LACTALIS in a solar cooker. The activities promoted by management and the teaching staff, were assessed positively by both the management team of the school and the teaching area Sotavento. Both centers, highlighted the importance of promoting sources of "clean" energy and responsible consumption at all ages.
A total of 50 women and men involved in the educational and informative proposal on renewable energies developed by Proxecto Home Galicia in collaboration with the Xunta de Galicia, participated in the practical activities developed by Sotavento on Sotavento Experimental Wind Farm.
This initiative is part of the commitment of the Ministry of Economy, Labour and Industry to promote technologies that allow promoting energy efficiency. Always noted for its practical charater, this initiative not only allows to train participants in renewable energy, but also offers them an alternative projection in the labor market.
During the activity, young people have completed different activities related to renewable energy, management of solar panels, entered into a wind turbine, visited the plant accumulation of hydrogen, etc. They could also see firsthand measures energy efficiency and automation in the bioclimatic demonstration house.
This visit is in addition to another done by the entity in November to the park facilities, so that there are more than a hundred young people involved in the project who have visited the facilities of the Experimental Wind Farm Sotavento.
Sotavento participated with their education project at the First Fair of Energy of Galicia held from 14 to 16 April at the premises International Fair of Galicia Abanca from Silleda.
Throughout the three days, more than five hundred schoolchildren from nearby schools participated in the activities Sotavento. To this figure we must increase unscheduled visits as well as the general public. In total, 5,500 people, according to the event organizers.
In a space dedicated 100% to the dissemination and awareness of renewable energies and energy efficiency, visitors could see first hand the renewable energy sources, data on electricity consumption, advice related to energy efficiency and even enjoy the benefits sustainable mobility with the experience of driving a car or electric bike. Among many other activities it should be noted workshops dedicated to children, where they learned in a fun way the many advantages of wind with the development of different types of kites.
This first meeting of the energy sector in Galicia, which attracted more than 92 exhibitors coming from Spain, France and Portugal, with a total of 239 firms and over 74 conference was opened by the vice president of the Xunta, Alfonso Rueda, and Regional Minister of Economy, Employment and Industry, Francisco Conde. Although throughout the three days were many other authorities who visited the site, as the Managing Director of Energy and Mines, Angel Bernardo Tahoces or the Regional Minister of Education and Culture of the Xunta de Galicia Roman Rodriguez.
As usual for some years Sotavento collaborates with Project Interchange Climántica 2016. An initiative whose main objective is the search for educational responses to climate change through exchanges of scientific and environmental education between regions and countries involved in the project.
On Thursday 31 March, Sotavento received his sight at its facilities in nearly a hundred students from the Colegio Decroly of La Laguna (Canary Islands) and the IES Rosalia de Castro of Santiago de Compostela, immersed centers at this time in the Climántica project with an exchange between their students.
In each exchange the key aspects of the two communities for mitigation and adaptation to climate change are compared: transformation and adaptation of fossil fuels, water management, renewable energies impact of, etc ...
For the second consecutive year the School Jesuítas Sarriá Sant Ignasi of Barcelona participate in online educational activities taught by Sotavento.
It is an activity in which about 200 students from primary of the center, during which they could see first hand the facilities of Sotavento Experimental Wind Farm and answer your questions on renewable energy and energy efficiency have participated. This type of online activities are possible thanks to the different ICT (Information and Communication Technology) and computer means at its disposal Sotavento in conjunction with the computer resources available in schools, such as whiteboards ...
The online educational activities start at Sotavento in 2015 and since then there are several centers interested in this initiative probably unique in Galicia. This activity provides an opportunity to visit Sotavento for many students living far areas of the park.
Sotavento working with the Automotive Technology Center of Galicia (CTAG) in a study of existing charging points in Galicia.
On August 3, the Automotive Technology Center of Galicia (CTAG) visited the facilities of the Experimental Wind Farm Sotavento for a study on electric vehicles and charging points available on the premises.
This study of public charging points for electric vehicles in Galicia falls within one of the activities developed in the framework of Transboundary Mobi2Grid Project, which is being carried out through cross-border cooperation between Galicia CTAG center and the Staff Portuguese for Excellence and Innovation in the Automotive Industry (CEIIA).
"Mobi2Grid" takes as its main objective to position the Euroregion as an early adopter of electric mobility based on renewable energy sources through the implementation of an integrated and interoperable system between the two regions with the completion of a pilot test with electric vehicles between the broker electric mobility Vigo - Oporto.
Leeward collaboration in the "Mobi2Grid" project is mainly based on the provision of data on sustainable mobility in the area of influence of the Experimental Wind Farm Sotavento, as well as technical specifications and use of the charging point is available onsite.
For the sixth consecutive year Sotavento joins the celebration of the Global Wind Day, as every year takes place on June 15.
The Global Wind Day is a coordinated action between the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), the Global Wind Energy Council and the national associations to introduce the public to the wind, revealing the power and possibilities of wind with the objective of decarbonising our energy and increase employment and growth in this sector.
To commemorate this day, Sotavento was visited by more than fifty people between 13 and 15 June visited the facilities of the Experimental Wind Farm of Sotavento. During these days the Leeward outreach activities focused on wind energy, bringing the audience to the different projects being carried out in their facilities to make better use of wind as an energy resource.
Some interesting facts:
Wind saves about 2.5 euros per month on electricity bills for domestic consumers and employs 20,000 people. In addition during 2014 it prevented the emission of 20.4 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. It also reduces our dependence on foreign energy being an indigenous source.