Costa Rica has set the standards high in the context of clean energy and environmentalism, as reports have stated that the country has run a course of 300 days completely on renewable energy sources!
The country has had its good records the past years, just like in 2015 when it generated 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources for 299 days! And in the following year (2016), when it ran for 271 days. This year, it has beaten its previous records after running for 300 days on just a mixture of hydro, wind, geothermal, biomass, and solar energy.
Their impressive slate is in connection with their government’s plan for their country to be carbon neutral by 2021.
The executive president of ICE (the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity), Carlos Manuel Obregón, explains that improvements to the grid, as well as upgrades to various clean energy power plants have aided them in reaching their accomplishment.
However, a few things need to be considered.
For one, Costa Rica is a small country with an even smaller population compared to other bigger nations, which makes their goals more achievable. Not only this, it also has the advantage of having an abundance of resources such as hydropower and geothermal sources. The leaders of Costa Rica also took the initiative to not invest in fossil fuels early on while other countries didn’t.
It took a while for them to achieve this remarkable feat, but this has nevertheless become a huge symbolic power.
Through this, they showed that a commitment to clean energy is beneficial at both an environmental level as well as a socio-economic level. This also shows that all other different forms of clean energy can be made available and utilized, aside from using coal.