Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Puerto Rico is an island in distress (Well Duh)

Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island in distress (Well Duh)

Puerto Rico is a (110mi by (40mi) island.
It is always windy, sunny and warm.
Because it is an island, water is everywhere, salt and fresh.

make trash,
heat/cool their building
power their island,

Why not do so with 'Alternative Energy Systems'?

Build everything possible under or close to the ground for obvious reasons.

Petroleum products fuel transportation, electricity generation, and industry in Puerto Rico, supplying three-fourths of the energy consumed in the commonwealth.

In 2016, 47% of Puerto Rico’s electricity came from petroleum,
34% from natural gas,
17% from coal,
2% from renewable energy.

Two wind farms supplied nearly half of Puerto Rico's renewable generation in 2016;
one of them, the 95-megawatt Santa Isabel facility, is the largest wind farm in the Caribbean.

As of June 2017, Puerto Rico had 127 megawatts of utility-scale solar photovoltaic generating capacity and 88 megawatts of distributed (customer-sited, small-scale) capacity. In the first six months of 2017, more renewable electricity came from solar energy than any other source.

Puerto Rico is a large Caribbean island of roughly 3,500 square miles located in the West Indies.

The maximum length from east to west (from Punta Puerca to Punta Higuero) of 180 km (110 mi) and with a maximum width from north to south (from Isabella to Punta Colón) of 65 km (40 mi). Comparative area: approximately three times the size of Rhode Island.

It’s the easternmost island of the Greater Antilles chain, which also includes Cuba, Jamaica and Hispaniola (divided into Haiti and the Dominican Republic). After centuries of Spanish rule, Puerto Rico became a territory of the United States in 1898 and has been largely self-governing since the mid-20th century. It has a population of some 3.4 million people and a vibrant culture shaped by a mix of Spanish, United States and Afro-Caribbean influences.

After three separate votes in 1967, 1993 and 1998 reaffirmed Puerto Rico’s commonwealth status, a majority of residents who voted in a 2012 referendum said they were not satisfied with the status quo, and indicated their preferred choice was independence over statehood.

Hundreds of thousands of voters left the second part of the referendum blank, however, leaving the question open for further debate. A fifth referendum in 2017 ended in a majority vote for statehood, but only 23 percent of voters (a historic low) turned out.

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