Elected officials must get behind solar

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Like Ian Smith (“The Facts on Solar,” April 20), I, too, will let others debate the merits of fracking in Deer Lakes Park. I would like, however, to add to his comments regarding solar energy. Solar only works if you have elected officials willing to make it work. Case in point — Collier. The township needed a roof for its public works building, so the township officials installed a solar roof, mitigating the cost and saving them money. Public officials in Collier have described it as a “no-brainer” and a “win-win.”

Now compare that with Dormont, where we need a new pool parking lot and roof for our pool building. Both are prime candidates for solar. We would not only lower our carbon footprint with solar but also save an estimated $250,000 over 25 years. The majority of council voted against a solar initiative; instead, we are spending over $100,000 of taxpayer money for a new pool parking lot. The roof issue has not been addressed.

I agree with Mr. Smith that we can be a leader in solving our energy crisis (and saving money) with solar, but it all starts with our elected officials.

JOHN MAGGIO
Borough Council Member
Dormont


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