Few cities have been able to adapt renewable energy like the village of Wildpoldsried, Germany. Not only have they accomplished it debt-free, they've established a green industry that brings in $5.7m a year.

We've seen one UK town aim for 30% renewables by 2015, and the United Arab Emirates' Masdar is often touted as the world's first clean energy city. But few communities could beat the huge push for renewables seen in Wildpoldsried, Germany, a town which has grown a clean energy industry bringing in $5.7m in annual revenue in just over a decade. And they've done it debt free. BioCycle has a fascinating report on this German village that produces 321% more clean energy than it needs. Sami Grover/Treehugger.

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