Costa Rica achieves nearly 100 percent of their power needs via renewable energy sources

In a world that is continuing to struggle to make the transition to clean renewable energy sources to reduce carbon emissions, one of the lone bright spots is Costa Rica, which has nearly achieved 100 percent of its power through renewables, according to a new report.

In October of 2017, Costa Rica generated a record 976.84 gigawatt hours of electricity using renewable energy sources such as geothermal, hydro power, wind and solar.

However that record was broken just this past May.

According to ThinkGeoEnergy:

During the 31 days of the month of May 2019, Costa Rica generated 984.19 GWh of electricity, the highest figure in its history so far and from which, 99.99% came from renewable sources.

According to the report of the National Energy Control Center, during May 984.19 GWh of electricity were generated, of which 80.04% came from the force of the water; 12.9% by geothermal energy, 6.99% by wind and 0.06% by biomass and solar energy. Only 0.01% was generated with polluting thermal backup, following the reliability tests of the plants.

But what makes that truly impressive is that Costa Rica did this during the dry season even though their rivers were lower, which means if they can do that, they are more than capable of achieving 100 percent and eliminating carbon emissions by 2050, most likely even sooner.

“This achievement is the result of the planning and optimization of resources of the national matrix, which protects its regulatory reservoirs in dry periods – like the one just faced – while increasing the geothermal quota,” the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity said.

It really is a milestone worthy of celebration at a time when the planet is receiving a lot of bad news as climate change worsens.

Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado hailed the achievement and said his people should be proud.

“Anyone who has doubt of what Costa Rica is capable of should come to Pailas II in Guanacaste and see what we are capable of accomplishing,” he said.

Pailas II is a recently opened 55 megawatt geothermal plant that is projected to produce an additional 410 gigawatt hours to the energy production Costa Rica already generates.

“Today, we see the most recent fruit of four decades of experience, which have made Costa Rica a world power in the sustainable use of geothermal energy,” Costa Rican Institute of Electricity executive president Irene Cañas said.

Other nations could learn a thing or two about switching to renewable energy sources from Costa Rica. And they better do it soon because the planet and every living thing that depends on it is running out of time.

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