100+% Renewable Energy for Electricity, Transportation, Heating and Cooling
In the 1990's, this small town decided to turn its economic hardship around using a model that included supplying 100% of its energy needs with local resources . It succeeded. Currently, the town is a net renewable energy exporter, producing about 10 times more energy than it needs and approximately 40 times more electricity than it can use. Along the way, around 1000 jobs were created, more than 100 directly in the energy sector. The town also became a tourist attraction and inspiration for the entire region--as well as countries as far away as the Cook Islands in the South Pacific--to adopt a 100% renewable energy goal.