Arruda K.

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FOR El YUNQUE NATIONAL FOREST

Abstract: 
Puerto Rico’s El Yunque National Forest faces problems with excessive energy use and high electricity prices, which reduce resources available for important land management projects. This project outlines and investigates alternative energy production and energy conservation techniques as both environmentally responsible and sustainable solutions to these problems. The project team investigated possible solutions by performing site analysis, estimating energy production, evaluating environmental impacts, and performing cost analysis. These investigations culminated in recommendations to the United States Forest Service that solar power, hydropower, and multiple conservation techniques be implemented in El Yunque National Forest to reduce annual electricity expenditures.
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