It is incredible to think about, but as of the 23rd of August, the small coastline nation of Costa Rica is celebrating 133 days of 100% renewable energy use. This is truly a feat for any developing nation, especially for a nation like Costa Rica that relies on agriculture. Such an environmentally friendly shift is a good lead all nations should attempt to follow.
As a nation, Costa Rica is looking to complete a full year without using any fossil fuels. This is an achievement that the United States hardly can try to test given the deeply entrenched dependency on fossil fuels and non-renewable resources.
Costa Rica is able to do such a radical experiment due to its unique climate and terrain. As a coastline nation based in agriculture, it is so interesting to see how this shift is so pivotal for the international community to pay attention to. Yet, hardly any news media have made headway about the topic at all.
While this change and movement may be a silent one for Costa Rica, its implementations are significant and the future of an otherwise small-developed nation is changing the way people view environmental change.
For years, many countries, such as Germany, have been highlighting and scolding the use of fossil fuels and warning of the deepening climate change crisis. However, there is something very hopeful about seeing such a small nation like Costa Rica make such large strides to place a dent in the high-demand market for fossil fuels.
Costa Rica is also forcing its major power suppliers to offer price structuring for net metering in homes and businesses as well in order to promote the sustainable energy initiative. This allows customers to both save money and energy that otherwise goes wasted each year in power bill costs. Through the implementation of solar power and the increased use of solar power for both homes and businesses, the advent of an environmentally friendly solution to the environmental crisis related to energy is on the horizon. Government officials are even offering lowered energy bill costs to residents that can afford the switch to solar power.
Costa Rica is a nation in development. In the early 2000s, with the price of oil then at all time lows, the thought of using expensive alternative energy sources was seen as unnecessary and wasteful. However, today with the sudden economic booms and busts that many nations, including the United States, have seen in recent years, the impending need for sustainable energy sources is becoming clearer each day. There has also been a recent influx in the overall expectation that nations across the globe will be following Costa Rica’s lead in the fight for energy independence.
While Costa Rica’s economy is heavily linked to the export business, the ability to balance manufacturing with new and innovative environmentally safe technology is a plus.
The United States has also been developing in recent years many new technologies that can help decrease the oil hungry reliance developed over the last half-century. However, competing interests and the unmotivated activities of congress to pass such innovative environmental bills requiring energy companies to promote solar power use have not come to the forefront.
The stride Costa Rica is making has become the national and global goal for sustainable energy use. Hopefully, other countries will soon follow.