Costa Rica just bested itself in producing clean energy compared to previous years. In 2015, Costa Rica generated 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources for 299 days. In 2016, the country generated 100% power from renewables for 271 days.
Both of these accomplishments are extremely encouraging in an age where most of the world is fighting to break ties with fossil fuels but Costa Rica out did itself in 2017 by producing 100% renewable energy for 300 days. Improvements to the grid and upgrades to various clean energy power plants have helped them reach the new limits.
Costa Rica set out a goal 10 years ago that they would become carbon neutral by 2021 by utilizing hydro, wind, geothermal, biomass and solar energy. Costa Rica’s track record thus far points them being able to achieve this goal while setting an example to other countries of what can be done.
Now it appears it’s just bested its 2015 achievement, having run for 300 days on a mixture of hydro, wind, geothermal, biomass, and solar energy. This stellar record goes hand-in-hand with the government’s plan to become carbon neutral by 2021, a deadline that was set up more than 10 years ago.
Although Costa Rica is making tremendous progress, due to its small geographical and population size, the task to run the country on only clean energy is much simpler than countries such as China or the United States. Costa Rica also has the benefit of natural resources such as hydropower and geothermal sources, which most countries do not have.
While creating their plan to cut fossil fuels by 2021, Costa Rica chose not to invest in fossil fuels, when others chose to. As well, the fossil fuel industry does not hold any significant power over its government, where many larger countries are politically swayed by the industry.
As it is just a small sample size on the scale, what Costa Rica is achieving is to be very excited about. It proves that capability to power a nation through clean energy is there. As we continue to advance technology in the clean energy field, hope that more countries can follow in the footsteps of Costa Rica grows.