Costa Rica’s electricity produced entirely by renewable energy for 150 days this year

Americans typically think of Cost Rica (CR) as an exciting and tropical vacation destination, but perhaps it’s time to start viewing this Central American ‘neighbour’ as a renewables heavyweight – a green-minded country to be reckoned with.

150 days of producing electricity wholly from renewable energy sources this year, is a feather in CR’s cap, not to mention these stats:

The Central American country was powered on carbon-free electricity for 76 days straight from June 17, according to the Costa Rica Electricity Institute (ICE).

In August, just over 80 per cent of their electricity came from hydro sources, while geothermal power contributed nearly 13 per cent of electrical power.

The country of Costa Rica takes pride in their commitment  to “rate stability support” – “The tropical nation is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2021 and its size, available natural resources and electricity consumption all help achieve this goal.”

CR’s frequent rainfall, volcanic activity as an energy source, along with their smaller population and less “energy intensive” job market, does all add up to the country using less energy overall than larger nations.  So this article begs the question:

“Could a bigger country also have carbon-free success?”

What do you think?  Check out the entire article here.