Costa Rica Has Been Fully Powered by Renewable Energy for 75 Days Straight

/ 2 years ago


Costa Rica has achieved a major milestone in clean energy, having the country be fully powered by renewable energy for 75 straight days.

“The year 2015 has been one of electricity totally friendly to the environment for Costa Rica,” the state-owned power supplier Costa Rica Electricity Institute (ICE) said.

The milestone has been achieved with the help of heavy rainfall at four of its hydroelectric power facilities during the first quarter of 2015. What this means is that no fossil fuel was used during the months of January, February and March so far, having the country being powered by hydro power primarily, in conjunction with a mixture of geothermal, wind, biomass and solar energy.

To be noted is that the country is fairly small, having an area of 51,100 square km and a population of around 4.8 million. Another thing to take into account is that the country focuses more on tourism and agriculture, rather than heavy industry such as mining or manufacturing.

Still, Costa Rica has done an excellent job in developing its electricity sector, having the World Economic Forum ranking it as the second in Latin American countries behind only Uruguay with regards to electricity and telecommunications infrastructure.

Back in mid-2014, the Costa Rica government approved a $958 million geothermal energy project, having the first plants expected to generate about 55 MW and cost approximately $333 million to build, while two other are expected to output 50 MW.

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  • Ryan Airth

    Kudos to them, I imagine they saved a lot of money from not importing as much fossil fuels.

    Wish Ireland would do the same, we have plenty of wind and too much rain.

  • Porkalicious

    “fairly small” lol.

    • gabydewilde

      yeah, talk it down already!

      High praise would be more appropriate…..

      Look how these awesome Costa ricarians who incidentally kept the natural environment in tact(!!?) shame everyone by going 100% renewable in your face while you are not. They did all this while we unwashed savages build coal stinkers and all kinds of other ugly industries just so that we can take a 2 week vacation overthere – away from our suck – to give them our money – if we are so lucky.

    • Neil Fedder

      well if you consider 5 million population small…

      • Porkalicious

        no, I consider that ALOT of people.