The Costa Rica’s Total Transition to Renewable Energy
While the majority of the world continues to burn fossil fuels at alarming rates for survival, Costa Rica has become one of the first countries to operate completely by renewable energy. Although it has only been about 80 days so far, the small country has accomplished what most of the world only hopes to within the coming years; an impressive accomplishment for a country of any size.
Thanks primarily to heavy and sustained rainfall, Costa Rica’s hydropower plants are the main reason behind the surplus of electricity. As the precipitation continues to fall during the country’s rainy season, the hydropower plants are hard at work, producing natural electricity for all of the citizens.
But what happens in times of draught and minimal rain fall? Thanks to the government’s $958 million geothermal project, the country does not need to rely on hydropower during these times. The government’s investment has expanded the country’s renewable energy resources, to include geothermal, solar, and wind projects, all currently in development.
We commend you Costa Rica! But, you’re not alone! Bonaire, a small island off the coast of Venezuela, currently operates at nearly 100% renewable energy. Iceland also operates at about 100% renewable energy, with about 85% produced by geothermal and hydroelectric sources. In Europe, Sweden, Bulgaria and Estonia are also running near the 100% renewable energy marker; a very good job to all of you!
What’s causing this ‘rush’ to alternative energy sources? China of course, with plans to spend 1.8 Trillion Yuan (approximately $289715130000) on their migration to alternative energy. With Congress and the House of Representatives pushing for the United States to also migrate to alternative energy forms, it’s only a matter of time before the majority of the world catches up with Costa Rica’s amazing accomplishment.
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