An Ancient Village With 21st Century Juice

Tocco da Casauria is a quaint town, located in the mountainous region of Italy's interior. It's also home to an electrical grid that bests many of the world's metropolises—the small burg is powered entirely by wind and solar.

Although only 7% of Italy's electricity comes from a renewable source, hundreds of smaller locales like Tocca producing their own green energy—and in Tocca's case, producing more than they even need, providing an abundance that obviates the need for some local taxes. [NY Times]