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04/30/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

El Hierro, The Energy Self-Sufficient Island (VIDEO)

El Hierro, a Spanish Island off the coast of northern Africa, is nearing energy self-sufficiency, according to the BBC:

After 10 years of planning, the infrastructure is being put in place to transform the island (with its population of 10,000 inhabitants) into a fully self-sufficient zone.

A variety of renewable energy systems are being used, with an emphasis on wind and solar. They also plan to implement hydrogen cars and ban oil completely from the island.

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