Costa Rica powered its cities for 75 days straight by only applying one hundred% renewable power thanks to heavy downpours.
The Central American country accomplished a major milestone in mainstream clean power usage by powering its cities using hydropower for 3 months, according to the Costa Rican Electrical energy Institute (ICE).
“The Country’s zero-emission milestone was enabled thanks to heavy rainfalls at 4 hydroelectric energy facilities in the initially quarter of 2015. These downpours have meant that, for the months of January, February and so far March, there has been no will need to burn fossil fuels to create electricity,” ICE mentioned in a Spanish-written press statement.
Rather of making use of fossil fuels to power the cities, Costa Rica has been working with hydropower from pumped storage and run-of-the-river plants. The country has also been employing geothermal, wind, biomass and solar energy.
Compared to other countries, it’s easier for Costa Ricaa to meet its city power demands because it’s a small nation that doesn’t demand a higher input in power. Costa Rica has a total region of 51,000 square kilometers, has a population of 4.8 million and its principal industries are tourism and agriculture.