Don’t let bylaws obstruct clean-energy future
To the editor:
I am quite concerned, after reading the article “As solar arrays spread, towns seek zoning to light the way” (Nov. 10) about the views western Massachusetts locals are expressing regarding solar array installations. Yes, we should be careful about siting solar energy, but we cannot allow the attractiveness of the equipment to get in the way of the bigger picture — investing in clean energy for the future of the Commonwealth.
Massachusetts has made great strides in expanding solar energy; the number of solar installations has increased 24-fold since 2008. The environmental and health benefits of this industry are enormous and each step in the direction of pursuing this clean energy source is a step towards a healthier and more environmentally friendly Massachusetts.
It would be a shame to have Massachusetts’ solar potential reduced and under-utilized by over-restrictive zoning in the towns resisting the state’s installation of new solar arrays. We cannot allow this “not in my backyard” attitude to prevent us from building a clean energy future in Massachusetts.
Danielle Falzon is an energy associate with the group Environment Massachusetts.