posted on 2021-05-11, 21:08authored byChristina Scarpitti
This visualization, titled "Resilient Energy: Community-Scale Microgrid Siting on the Island of Puerto Rico" was submitted by Christina Scarpitti to the University of Arizona Libraries 2021 Data Visualization Challenge. It received the honorable mention win within the graduate classification.
In the wake of hurricane Maria, after suffering the longest power outage in US history, the Governor of Puerto Rico endorsed a plan to transition the island to 100% renewable energy by 2050 - making Puerto Rico a unique testing ground for building back smarter and more resilient through community-scale solar microgrids. This report evaluates possible sites for piloting community-scale solar microgrid projects in Puerto Rico. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data is used to select a study area based on social and environmental vulnerability. A multi-criteria evaluation of buildings within the study area reveals various possible configurations for providing renewable, resilient energy to the service community.
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