Costa Rica Powered With 100% Renewable Energy For 75 Straight Days

Posted by on March 23, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 1 Comment

And it’s mostly thanks to heavy rains and geothermal energy.

By Myles Gough | Science Alert

Image: Costa Rica Arenal Volcano by Christophe Meneboeuf/Wikimedia Commons

Image: Costa Rica Arenal Volcano. Photo by Christophe Meneboeuf/Wikimedia Commons

Well done Costa Rica, well done.


The Central American country has achieved a major clean energy milestone, meeting 100 percent of its power demand with 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 Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) said in a press release.

The ICE says the country’s zero-emission milestone was enabled thanks to heavy rainfalls at four hydroelectric power facilities in the first quarter of 2015. These downpours have meant that, for the months of January, February and so far March, there has been no need to burn fossil fuels to generate electricity.

Instead, Costa Rica has been powered primarily by hydro power – both pumped storage and run-of-the-river plants – and a mixture of geothermal, wind, biomass and solar energy.

It’s important to remember that Costa Rica is a small nation. It has a total area of about 51,000 square kilometres, which is about half the size of the US state of Kentucky, and it has a population of only 4.8 million people. Furthermore, its primary industries are tourism and agriculture, rather than heavy, more energy-intensive industries such as mining or manufacturing.


Still, Costa Rica has done an excellent job developing it electricity sector, and supplying affordable, reliable power to its citizens.

According to the World Economic Forum’s 2014 Global Competitiveness Index, Costa Rica ranks second in Latin American countries behind only Uruguay with regards to electricty and telecommunications infrastructure.

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  1. 01c62d91@opayq.com' Paul @ Eco Stores says:

    That is such impressive work. Considering the size of their country, such dedication to renewable energy is commendable

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