In the Mediterranean, one gorgeous Greek island is quickly proving itself as a leader in sustainability. Tiny Tilos is an island that just became entirely powered by wind and solar energy. Thanks to its late mayor, Tassos Aliferis, who was a well-known and dedicated environmentalist, Tilos has become a model for other islands looking to transition their energy source from traditional power grids.
Located in the Dodecanese, the entire island is a nature reserve with more than 150 species of resident and migratory birds, over 650 varieties of fauna, and a permanent population of around 500. By installing a single wind turbine and small photovoltaic park, Tilos created a hybrid micro-grid that generates and stores energy.
According to AP News, the European Commission says Tilos will be the first autonomous renewable green island in the Mediterranean. It plans to use the project as a blueprint for other small islands across the European Union that have limited grid connection to the mainland. The EU has largely funded the project, providing 11 million euros ($12.5 million) of the total 13.7 million-euro ($15.7 million) cost.