August 13 (SeeNews) - The Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE) said Wednesday that renewables have generated 100% of the country's power for 94 consecutive days.
The new period without resorting to fossil fuels started on May 8 and ended on August 9. Earlier this year, from January 1 to March 16, Costa Rica reached 75 days generating 100% of its power from renewables.
ICE noted geothermal and hydropower plants (HPP) were the main energy sources used during the period. More details in the table below.
The 100% renewables run came to an end on August 10, when the government had to fire up the Garabito thermal power plant, which uses bunker fuel, to generate 1% of the energy required in the country.
This year alone, Costa Rica has accumulated 188 days without resorting to conventional sources of power to meet electricity demand.