Countries & Cities That Use The Most Renewable Energy For Electricity

Countries & Cities That Use The Most Renewable Energy For Electricity

Across the world, the number of countries and cities getting their electricity from renewable energy sources is increasing.

In this guide, we list the countries and cities that are getting the most of their electricity from renewable energy sources as a % of the overall energy mix.

*Note – It’s likely this list will change significantly from year to year as renewable energy becomes more commonplace and technology continues to advance.


Summary – Countries & Cities That Use The Most Renewable Energy For Electricity

  • Apart from total MWh, renewable energy use can be measured in terms of total % it makes up of the overall electricity energy sources. This gives smaller cities and countries a chance to show their level of commitment to renewable energy compared to bigger cities and countries
  • At the moment, renewable energy hasn’t made enough of a dent in the heating and cooling and transport sectors – electricity generation and consumption is where most of the momentum has been gained
  • has a map that shows that in just the period of 2015 to 2018, the number of cities getting at least 50%, 70% or 100% of their electricity from renewable energy sources has increased significantly
  • As of January 2018, 42 cities were getting at least 100% of their electricity from renewable energy sources, 59 cities were at at least 70%, and 22 cities at at least 50% (according to’s interactive map)
  • According to, cities are so important to focus on because they ‘are responsible for 70% of energy-related CO2 emissions … [and have 50% of the world’s population, generate 80% of the world’s GDP and two-thirds of the world’s energy is consumed by cities]
  • According to, the number of countries getting at least 90% of their electricity from renewable energy sources was 12 countries
  • It might be useful to go through each city that has a majority renewable energy mix, and do a full analysis on each in terms of what sources of energy they use specifically, and, what the full range of impacts has been e.g. what the impact has been on electricity variability, electricity prices, and so on.


Cities That Use The Most Renewable Energy For Electricity

Out of 620+ global cities that reported to, the following is a list of over 100 cities that now get at least 70% of their electricity from renewable sources such as hydro, geothermal, solar and wind:

  • Akureyri, Iceland
  • Alba-Iulia, Romania
  • Alcaldía de Córdoba, Venezuela
  • Angra dos Reis, Brazil
  • Aparecida, Brazil
  • Aracaju, Brazil
  • Arendal, Norway
  • Aspen, USA
  • Assis, Brazil
  • Asunción, Paraguay
  • Auckland , New Zealand
  • Bærum Kommune, Norway
  • Bangangté, Cameroon
  • Basel, Switzerland
  • Belém, Brazil
  • Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Birigui, Brazil
  • Bogotá , Colombia
  • Bolzano, Italy
  • Braga, Portugal
  • Brasília, Brazil
  • Brotas, Brazil
  • Brusque, Brazil
  • Burlington, USA
  • Cabreúva, Brazil
  • Cajamar, Brazil
  • Campinas, Brazil
  • Campos de Goytacazes, Brazil
  • Canoas, Brazil
  • Capivari, Brazil
  • Cascais, Portugal
  • Caxias do Sul, Brazil
  • Cerquilho, Brazil
  • Chorrera, Panama
  • Curitiba, Brazil
  • Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania
  • Estância Climática de São Bento do Sapucaí, Brazil
  • Estância Hidromineral de Águas de São Pedro, Brazil
  • Estância Turística de Guaratinguetá, Brazil
  • Estância Turística de ITU, Brazil
  • Eugene, USA
  • Extrema, Brazil
  • Fafe, Portugal
  • Fernandópolis, Brazil
  • Florianópolis, Brazil
  • Foumban, Cameroon
  • Gladsaxe Kommune, Denmark
  • Goiânia, Brazil
  • Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Hobart, Australia
  • Ibagué, Colombia
  • Inje , South Korea
  • Jaboatão dos Guararapes, Brazil
  • Kapiti Coast , New Zealand
  • Kisumu, Kenya
  • Lausanne, Switzerland
  • León de los Aldamas, Mexico
  • Limeira, Brazil
  • Lorena, Brazil
  • Maceió, Brazil
  • Mairiporã, Brazil
  • Medellín, Colombia
  • Moita, Portugal
  • Montes Claros, Brazil
  • Montreal, Canada
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Nakuru, Kenya
  • Niterói, Brazil
  • North Vancouver, Canada
  • Nova Odessa, Brazil
  • Nyon, Switzerland
  • Oristano, Italy
  • Oslo, Norway
  • Palmas, Brazil
  • Porto, Portugal
  • Prince George, BC, Canada
  • Quelimane, Mozambique
  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Salvador, Brazil
  • Santiago de Cali, Colombia
  • Santos, Brazil
  • São Caetano, Brazil
  • São Gonçalo, Brazil
  • São João da Boa Vista, Brazil
  • São José do Rio Preto, Brazil
  • São José dos Campos, Brazil
  • Seattle, USA
  • Stadt Zürich, Switzerland
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Tatuí, Brazil
  • Temuco, Chile
  • Uberlândia, Brazil
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • Vinhedo, Brazil
  • Vitória, Brazil
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Winnipeg, Canada


You can view a full interactive map of these countries and other countries using renewable energy sources at


  • Examples of cities powered 100% by renewables for electricity are Burlington (USA), Reykjavik (Iceland), and Basel (Switzerland)



  • In the United States, 58 cities and towns have now committed to transition to 100% clean
  • Over 80 UK towns and cities commit to run on 100% clean energy by 2050 …



  • Omitted from the CDP’s analysis are a few smaller American towns that lean entirely on renewables including Rock Port, Missouri (100 percent wind), Greensburg, Kansas (wind, solar, geothermal) and Kodiak, Alaska (wind and hydro).
  • … [of the CDP reported cities] a total of 275 global cities are now using hydropower, 189 are tapping into wind power and 184 have embraced solar photovoltaic panels. Sixty-five cities harness geothermal energy while 164 generate clean energy using biomass.



There is a list of cities, towns and countries that are using 90%+ of renewable energy in their electricity mix at


Countries That Use The Most Renewable Energy For Electricity

In 2016, the countries that produced 90% or more of their electricity from renewable energy sources were:

  • Albania – 100%
  • Democratic Republic Of The Congo – 100%
  • Iceland – 100%
  • Paraguay – 100%
  • Namibia – 99.3%
  • Costa Rica – 97.7%
  • Tajikistan – 97.5%
  • Norway – 97.2%
  • Uruguay – 96.5%
  • Zambia – 95%
  • Ethiopia – 93.6%
  • Kenya – 90.7%


As a % of total electricity energy mix, you can see the countries that generate the most renewable energy electricity at


  • The US (at 98), and Germany (at 71), lead the world in cities and regions that are aiming for 100 percent renewable energy



A list of cities, counties and states in the US that are aiming for 100% renewable energy power, or are powered by 100% renewable power can be found at


Which Renewable Energy Sources Are Being Used To Produce Electricity Worldwide?

You can read more in this guide which outlines data on installed capacity, production and consumption of renewable energy sources.













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