Costa Rica Completely Runs on Renewable Energy for 300 Days

Pirris Dam, Costa Rica

Pirris Dam, Costa Rica. Credit: Creative Commons

Costa Rica, a nation comprised of around 5 million people has accomplished another clean energy accolade. The Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE) has reiterated that the Central American country has run on 300 days of 100% power generation from renewable energy sources by citing figures from the National Centre for Energy Control.

The nation could surpass 300 days, with around 5 weeks left of 2017 to go. The current achievement is an edge ahead of the nation’s 2015 record of 299 days of 100% renewable production. In 2016, the country also went 271 days using only renewable energy.

Costa Rica receives around 99.62% of its electricity from five renewable sources, which is the highest proportion since 1987. This year, 78.26% of electricity came from hydropower, 10.23% from geothermal energy, 10.29% from wind, and 0.84% from biomass and solar. Costa Rica has emerged as a global environmental leader, with its 2021 goal of becoming carbon neutral, which is backed up by its recurrent 100% renewable energy streaks.

Meanwhile, Costa Rican clean development adviser, Dr. Monica Araya, said that the country’s renewable electricity generation is a fantastic achievement. She added that it covered a paradox that nearly 70% of all the energy consumption was in oil.

In June, Costa Rican government officials declared an ambitious plan to become the world’s first country to accomplish a comprehensive national strategy which would eradicate single-use plastics by 2021. And, the ICE noted that 2017 was set to be the biggest year for wind production in the country’s history with around 1,014.82 gigawatt hours that were generated by almost 16 wind farms.

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