To talk of the Ribeira Sacra is to talk of wine. The region's landscape is usually marked by the well-known "socalcos", vineyards in terraces set on the slopes of the mountains. "Here we make wine without adding any chemicals", says Benjamín Rodriguez, one of the region's viticulturists. But in the case of Paradela, the most important wine-growing estates have been disappearing over time due to the increase in water from the reservoir, which also flooded many villages in the area, forcing their inhabitants to emigrate. "There were vineyards, but now nothing, now there's nothing. Only water", laments Benjamin.
A project that makes a contribution to communities
At present, the small population of this Lugo municipality is quite scattered. "We need associations that can bring people together", says Maria Rocío Domínguez, president of the Paradela Women's Association. Accustomed to living in the midst of nature, associations like hers have welcomed the wind farm with open arms as a clean energy that unites and gives life to the village. "Seeing companies arrive, people interested in rentals, supermarkets full of people buying, cafeterias with people eating or drinking coffee— for me, that's wonderful", says Maria Rocío. In addition, Endesa has installed a biomass stove in the Women's Association headquarters so that the cold winter does not separate the women of Paradela.