Verese Runs on 100% Renewable Energy

Via MetaEfficient, Verese is a town in northern Italy that gets all of its energy from renewable resources:

The town uses wind, solar and small-scale hydropower, a mix best adapted to its hilly terrain covering a total of 140 square km — and it has plans for more hydropower.

Today, renewables bring not only environmental benefits but also improved living standards to a town that had suffered from years of steady decline. An additional 350,000 euros [US $514,000] in tax revenues is handed over to the council each year by the private company that owns the renewable energy network.

I figured Verese was some little hamlet, but they’re actually a city of nearly 100,000 people. That’s pretty impressive.

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