Renewables hit 99.3% share in Costa Rica in H1 2017

Wind farm in Costa Rica. Author: Christian Haugen. Licence: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

July 6 (Renewables Now) - Renewable energy sources, mainly hydro, geothermal and wind power plants, accounted for 99.35% of Costa Rica’s electricity production during the first half of 2017.

According to data published on Tuesday by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), using preliminary figures from National Energy Control Centre (Cence), about 5,575.61 GWh of renewable power has been produced in the period.

For the first half of 2017, hydropower plants (HPPs) generated 74.85% of Costa Rica’s electricity. Wind farms and geothermal stations accounted for 11.92% and 11.10%, respectively. The share of biomass was 1.47% and solar power plants were at the bottom with a contribution of 0.01% to the country’s generation.

Non-renewables sources took a share of just 0.65%.

At the end of June, the country had accumulated 160 days in which 100% of its electricity came from renewable sources. During the same period, Costa Rica's National Electrical System (SEN) also exported 93.5 GWh to the Regional Electricity Market (MER).

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