Posted on Nov 24, 2017
The tiny nation of Costa Rica (population 5 million) has achieved a remarkable landmark in the field of renewable energy.
For 300 consecutive days this year, all electricity generation has come from renewable sources.
The main energy source is hydropower, which provides 78.26 percent of Costa Rican electricity, followed by wind (10.29 percent), geothermal energy (10.23 percent), biomass and solar (0.84 percent), and hydrocarbons (0.38 percent).
It really is time to debunk the myth that a country has to choose between development on the one hand and environmental protection, renewables, quality of life, on the other
Costa Rica still uses fossil fuels for petrol-based vehicles, and for the gas heating of buildings.
The country is credited with have taken the decision to prioritise renewables, especially hydropower - Costa Rice has a conveniently high annual rainfall - at a crucial stage in its economic development, choosing long term environmental benefits over short-term economic gains.
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