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 metropolisesā€”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 energyā€”and in Tocca's case, producing more than they even need, providing an abundance that obviates the need for some local taxes. [NY Times]