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- Public Doman
- Pirris Hydroelectric Power Station, Costa Rica
Costa Rica is setting the standard on renewable energy
Is it possible to meet a modern nation's energy needs without any fossil-fuel consumption? Yes. Costa Rica has been doing it.
To be fair, that country's main industries — tourism and agriculture — are not energy-intensive, and heavy rainfall in the first part of the year made it possible for the country to rely heavily on its hydropower resources.
But even in normal years, Costa Rica generates 90 percent of its energy without burning any fossil fuels.
The transition to 100 percent renewables will be harder for larger countries — but as the limited reporting on Costa Rica notes, it's possible to take large steps in that direction.