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Costa Rica Reaches 113 Days Without Any Fossil Fuels

Can we all move to Costa Rica?

31/08/2016 11:11 | Updated 31 August 2016

Costa Rica is celebrating a green milestone after achieving 113 days relying only on renewable energy.

The country is currently on track to reach its goal of being without fossil fuels for an entire year, relying 100% on renewable sources. 

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The state-run electricity company uses a variety of renewable sources: harvesting a combination of hydroelectric power, wind, solar and geothermal energy that is made possible by the country’s unique climate and terrain.

Large river systems and heavy tropical rainfalls make hydropower the most reliable source for the Latin American nation.

In 2015 they set a record for producing 99% of the country’s required electricity, and being used for 285 consecutive days, the first step in their move towards getting rid of fossil fuels all together in five years.

The green pioneer is the first country in the world to do so.

Last month Scotland had a record-breaking day with wind power generating more than their required amount of electricity for the whole country.

Scotland was able to provide 106% of its renewable energy requirements for a single day on 7 August 2016. 

And back in May, Germany produced so much renewable energy that it actually had to pay some customers to use it.

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