December 22, 2015

Costa Rica goes nearly all renewable

Almost all of Costa Rica's electricity came from renewable sources this year, making it one of a few countries in the world to eschew fossil fuels in energy generation, the state electricity agency said.
Phys - The Costa Rican Electricity Institute said in a statement it achieved "99 percent renewable electricity generation" this year.

It also said for 285 days this year the country managed to power its grid on 100 percent renewable sources.

Three-quarters of Costa Rica's electricity is generated by hydroelectric plants, taking advantage of the country's abundant river system and heavy tropical rainfalls. The rest comes from geothermal, wind, biomass and solar sources.

ICE said it was ahead of renewable-energy targets it had set despite a year "that had been extremely dry."

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