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Costa Rica goes 75 days powering itself using only renewable energy

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Costa Rica has achieved a clean energy milestone by using 100 percent renewable energy for a record 75 days in a row.

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The feat was achieved thanks to heavy rainfall, which powered four hydroelectric plants in the first three months of the year, the state-run Costa Rican Electricity Institute said.

No fossil fuels have been burnt to generate electricity since December 2014, in the state which is renowned for its clean energy policies.

While Costa Rica is a small country, with a popular of about 4.8 million people, it has made great strides in its use of renewable energy.

Last year 80 percent of the energy used came from hydropower, while geothermal energy made up about 10 percent of the mix in the volcano-strewn nation.

Currently 94 percent of Costa Rica's energy needs are met by renewables.

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