2017-03-17 / Letters

City leads the way in solar power; state should catch up

To the editor:

In the article, “City meets sustainable goal,” in the Feb. 3 edition of the Sentry, South Portland shows that becoming more sustainable can also benefit the economy, considering that the city spent 12.9 percent less on energy in 2014 than it did in 2007 while cutting energy use by 3.2 percent. South Portland has been a shining example of how achievable the transition away from dirty fossil fuels is.

However, the implementation of effective solar policy is still a challenge at the state level. The Public Utilities Commission’s new rule would not only remove solar incentives, but charge citizens and businesses for the solar power they produce. South Portland could not be a clearer example of the benefits solar has to our economy and our environment. I hope that the state legislature uses this

session as an opportunity to protect effective solar policy.

Danielle Meltz Portland

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