Early last month Costa Rica announced it had reached 75 days running entirely on renewable energy! It's an amazing achievement and sets a high example to the rest of the world. It's been made possible by a combination of commitment to renewable energy, the ability to harness their natural resources and a bit of luck.
Costa Rica was already running high on the world stage at a rate of 99.4% renewable energy. It's tropical location gives them the ability to harness hydro power, wind and even geothermal power from their volcano. Costa Rica hopes to be the first entirely carbon-neutral country by 2021.
Other countries leading the way on renewable energy include Iceland at 100% renewable energy, Norway who get the majority of their energy needs from hydro power and Germany who reached nearly 75% of their energy needs from solar and wind power. Most recently a small city in Texas, Georgetown has pledged to reach 100% renewable energy by 2017 aiming to utilise its high temperature days and windy evenings.
These success stories are making big statements in the capability of renewable energy as a feasible alternative to coal power. It's time for big governments to start paying attention and realise that the fossil fuel industry is a thing of the past. Not only is it detrimental to the environment, but it's expensive and it's running out fast. Let's hope our politicians can leave petty climate change denial behind them and wake up to the renewable energy future!