Costa Rica is one of the few countries that’s winning clean energy accolades for adopting renewable energy in a significant manner. It has revealed that so far this year, the entire country has been run on 100 percent power generation from renewable sources for 300 days. The confirmation comes from the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity which cites figures from the National Center for Energy Control.
This isn’t the first record of its kind for the country. Costa Rica powered itself on just renewable energy for 299 days straight back in 2015. It hit 271 days in 2016. Costa Rica has crossed the 300-day mark in 2017 and looks set to take the final figure even higher.
There are only six weeks left in 2017 so Costa Rica can easily go beyond the 300-day mark. It’s going to be a significant achievement if it becomes a country that powered itself for an entire year without nothing but renewable energy.
The country relies on five main renewable energy sources. Hydropower has contributed to 78 percent of the demand. It also generated 10.29 percent from wind, 10.23 percent from geothermal, and 0.84 percent from solar and biomass sources.
Costa Rica set a deadline to become carbon neutral by 2021 and these milestones show that it stands firm in its commitment. The country also announced an ambitious plan earlier this year to become the first country in the world with a national strategy to eliminate single-use plastics by 2021.