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Costa Rica has only used renewable energy this year

Central American nation, once described as the greenest on the planet, thrives on rain and volcanoes.

Costa Rica has reached an environmental milestone by using only renewable energy to generate power for at least the first 75 days of the year, a record for any country.

The Central American country, which has long boasted of its green credentials on energy policy, was able to achieve the milestone thanks to heavy rain in the first three months of the year.

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Around four-fifths of its electricity supply comes from hydro-electric power, which was boosted by rainfall at four major dams.

"This has been a totally environmentally friendly 2015 as far as electricity is concerned," the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity, the national supplier, said in a statement.

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