Penn­syl­va­nia should be­come leader on so­lar power

The Morning Call - - TOWN SQUARE -

I am a res­i­dent of Cen­ter Val­ley. Sept. 21 was the first day of the cli­mate ac­tion sum­mit at the United Na­tions, a sum­mit de­signed to high­light the ur­gent need to ad­dress cli­mate change and achieve the goals of the Paris Agree­ment.

As a con­cerned sci­en­tist, par­ent and fu­ture grand­par­ent, both my hus­band and I have opted to make a dif­fer­ence in mul­ti­ple ways. As a new home­owner in the Val­ley Green de­vel­op­ment, we re­quested to in­stall so­lar pan­els on our prop­erty.

Our home­own­ers as­so­ci­a­tion voted on a pro­posed amend­ment for so­lar power in­stal­la­tions in Val­ley Green. De­spite a ma­jor­ity of home­own­ers vot­ing in fa­vor of the amend­ment, we were de­nied be­cause amend­ments re­quire 75% ap­proval.

Penn­syl­va­nia is the fourth-largest emit­ter of green­house gases among the 50 states, ac­cord­ing the U.S. En­ergy In­for­ma­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion. Isn’t it time we push for state leg­is­la­tion to en­force so­lar en­ergy laws as re­new­able en­ergy is grow­ing, spurred by con­sumer de­mand and fa­vor­able eco­nom­ics?

Let’s not be left be­hind. Let’s join our North­east neigh­bors — New Jersey and Mas­sachusetts — as cli­mate lead­ers, not cli­mate de­niers. Janet Brill Up­per Sau­con Town­ship

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