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The little Canadian city that became an inadvertent climate leader

Summerside, P.E.I., is making big moves to get its climate change solutions off the ground.

Part 2 of Sustainable Cities

By Zack Metcalfe

The tiny city of Summerside, P.E.I., is known for charming waterfronts and hosting the only Walmart on the west end of the Island. It is less renowned as a champion of renewable power.

But wind farms, solar arrays, smart grids, industrial-scale lithium-ion batteries and the highest per capita concentration of electric car chargers in the country are among the clean energy initiatives blossoming in this unassuming municipality.

Summerside, population 14,829, is expected to derive the majority of its electricity from renewable sources by 2022.

Most of it will be produced within city limits.

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