Can a country run on renewables alone?
Portugal has shown that in terms of electricity at least, the answer is yes. For 107 hours in May 2016 the sun, wind and rain powered a nation.
It's not just big energy companies who are boosting the green energy infrastructure. Portugal's first renewable energy cooperative has also been busy.
Starting in December 2013 with just 16 members, Coopérnico has just installed its seventh photovoltaic facility on the roof of the Irene Rolo foundation, in Tavira on the south coast of Portugal.
Now with almost 500 members on its books, Coopérnico raised the 55,750 euros needed for this project in just one week. It was so quick, people missed out.
"There were members who wanted to invest and they didn't get there in time, so the investment was already closed," says Coopérnico board member Susana Fonseca.
Members invest a sum of money over 12 years. In Tavira the individual amounts ranged from 250 to 12,000 euros. Each year stakeholders receive a portion of their initial outlay back, and also the interest generated.
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