Costa Rica has shown the world what is possible this year by achieving 99 percent renewable energy generation.
"We close 2015 with 99 percent of clean energy!" announced the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) on Facebook, saying that "the energy produced ... in 2015 reaches 98.95 % with renewable sources as of December 17." Costa Rica even managed to surpass its energy targets, despite the fact that 2015 "had been extremely dry," ICE added.
Back in March, the nation broke a world record for the longest streak of relying solely on renewable energy for electricity: 75 days. Among the effects were lower electricity prices for Costa Rican residents.The bulk of its power generation comes from hydropower thanks to a large river system and heavy tropical rainfalls. The rest is made up of a mix of geothermal energy, which the country is also rich in, wind, biomass and solar power.
The citizens of the country have benefited from the cost of energy actually falling by 12% this year and the institute expects it to keep falling in the future.
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