Over the next year and a half French carmaker Renault will work to transform a tiny island off the coast of Portugal into a pioneer in green electricity technologies. Under a new project launched last week in partnership with the island’s local electricity supplier Empresa de Electricitade da Madeira (EEM), Renault plans to use electric cars, renewables, and smart grid technologies to fully transition Porto Santo’s electricity system from fossil fuel power to green energy. Porto Santo, one of the two inhabited islands in the Madeira archipelago, spans just 42 square kilometres and is home to around 5,500 people. Historically the island has mainly relied on diesel generation and a small amount of wind power, but it has plans to transition to 100 per cent renewable energy over the next two decades.
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