Soria-Chira pumped-storage hydropower plant

The Soria-Chira hydropower plant is an essential infrastructure in the push for sustainability of the new energy model in the Canary Islands, based on renewable energies.

This energy storage installation is an effective operation tool of the electrical system for improving supply guarantee, system security and renewable energy integration on the island of Gran Canaria.

The Soria-Chira pumped-storage hydropower plant will be an energy storage infrastructure that will contribute to move towards a new, more secure, efficient and environmentally friendly energy model in the Canary Islands.

Benefits of the Canary Island electrical system

The Soria-Chira pumped-storage hydropower plant provides a number of benefits for the Canary Island electricity system:

  • Improved guarantee of supply. The power plant will have a turbination power of 200 MW.
  • Greater security of the system. The wide variability that will be seen with wind power production in Gran Canaria means that, without this project, there will be sustantial oscillations in the system frequency in light of the significant and rapid variations of such production. Therefore, the regulation capacity provided by this power plant will make it possible to compensate for the variability of wind power production and maintain stable frequency values, thus guaranteeing system security.
  • Greater integration of renewable energies. Thank to this power plant, the Canary Island electrical system will have an essential installation for taking advantage of the renewable energy surpluses and integrating greater amounts of native CO2 free energies to the detriment of more expensive and polluting fossil fuel-based energies.