Thirty-nine Italian municipalities are now meeting 100 per cent of their energy demands with renewable energy, proving that it is fully possible in this type of climate for urban areas to completely decarbonise and provide cheap energy for citizens and businesses. The change over the last 10 years has been remarkable. Italy as a whole has brought its consumption of renewable energy up from 15 per cent to 35.5 per cent. This has been largely due to a distributed production model with the addition of over 850,000 generation plants all over the country. The top 39 municipalities have met 100 per cent of both their thermal and electricity needs from renewables. They have achieved their results thanks to increasingly innovative and integrated solutions, smart grids, electric mobility, storage and a desire for reduced energy bills.
Eco Business 19th May 2016 read more »