Costa Rica is Now Running Completely on Renewable Energy

I am currently on vacation in Costa Rica, and right at the beginning of my trip, I found out that the entire country is now running on 100% renewable energy:

Thanks to some heavy rainfall this year, Costa Rica’s hydropower plants alone are generating nearly enough electricity to power the entire country. With a boost from geothermal, solar, and wind energy sources, the country doesn’t need an ounce of coal or petroleum to keep the lights on. Of course, the country has a lot of things going in its favor. Costa Rica is a small nation, has less than 5 million people, doesn’t have much of a manufacturing industry that would require a lot of energy, and is filled with volcanoes and other topographical features that lend themselves to renewable energy.

That is pretty remarkable.

Here is the press release (in Spanish) from ICE, Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE).

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(via Science Alert)

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