Italy is a world leader in green energy

With the glorious Mediterranean sunshine, it maybe comes as no surprise that Italy is a world leader when it comes to solar energy. In fact, in 2014, 8% of the country’s energy came from solar sources, which is more than any other country.

This booming market has been partially helped by government incentives as the Italian government buys solar energy at a special price. Even so, with it being impossible to install solar panels on ancient buildings (we don’t think the Colosseum would have the same appeal if it were decked out with solar panels), how have the Italians managed to generate so much of their energy from solar sources? Ingenuity, that’s how! Huge solar panel farms have been established on commercial sites, such as the huge fruit and vegetable market outside Bologna – solar panels have been installed on the roof of the market shelter and it is now one of the largest solar panel sites in Europe. As well as providing enough energy for the market, there is also enough to power electric cars, which then deliver fruits and vegetables from the market to the city of Bologna. The electric cars are smaller than regular cars and so are perfect for navigating the narrow city streets and they are also quieter, as well as cleaner! They have been such a success that it has prompted the city council to install charging units around the city.

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