[UPDATE] Costa Rica's Renewable Output reaches 98.6%!

This exotic Central American country has been renowned for its progressive energy policies for some time...

Earlier this year I wrote a blog on Costa Rica's great success, solely using renewable energy for what had been 75 days at that point. Which holds the record for any country!

Well now at the half year mark, Costa Rica is apparently staying strong. According to data from the state-run utility Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), the country has produced 98.55% of its electricity through renewable energy sources in the first half of 2015.

This includes hydro, geothermal, wind, biomass and solar power. And the country expects to further strengthen their renewable output by starting up a hydroelectric plant on the Reventazon river later this year.

It is important to remember that Costa Rica is a small country, with a total area of about 51,000 sure kilometres and 4.8 million people. Their efforts are amazing regardless, but the model probably wouldn't work in many other parts of the world.

In Australia, more than 80% of our electricity is generated from high-polluting coal-fired power stations. Every country in the world needs to take notice of what Costa Rica is doing and aim do the same! As you can see, it can be done.

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