To light up a room, all one need do is flick a switch. But how does one light up the outside of an entire village? Well if you’re the tiny Italian town of Viganella, all you do is simply place a large, twenty-six foot wide mirror on a nearby mountain to reflect the sun’s rays into your downtown city square. Viganella, you see, lies in a valley so steep that each year from November to early February it receives virtually no sunshine. But thanks to the efforts of its small town mayor who was able to raise the one hundred thousand Euros for the mirror, Viganella’s 200 residents are now seen walking the streets and conversing in the town park on most winter days. Little wonder other communities are taking notice of this Italian town’s unique form of solar lighting.

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