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When the blades of its 800-kilowatt wind turbine start turning, the small Greek island of Tilos will become the first in the Mediterranean to run exclusively on wind and solar power.The European Commission says Tilos will be the first autonomous renewable green island in the Mediterranean.The batteries store power during sunny and windy conditions, releasing it during periods of heavy demand and lower production – such as at nighttime and the peak tourist season – to keep the grid powered up.Currently, Tilos gets its energy from an underwater cable that runs from Kos to the island of Nisiros and on to Tilos.While lacking the dazzle of other Greek islands like Mykonos and Santorini, Tilos – a 14-hour ferry ride from the mainland – is a quiet vacation spot that sees an average of 13,000 visitors a year. Eva Lemaire has visited the island every year for more than two decades.
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