Letter: Supporting Solar in Dryden

I support the development of solar installations in Dryden. New technology can bring objections, but when the public health and pollution from burning fossil fuels is taken into account, accepting solar installations provides the best future.

Questions of where to place a solar array are not only legitimate, but necessary. We are used to seeing solar panels on roofs and in yards, but when they were new, we questioned the use and the placement.

Placement of large solar arrays is severely limited by the available grid wiring and appropriateness of adjoining land. There are too few connection points in Dryden, our county, and in the state. Selecting sites takes a bit of compromising on everyone’s part. Landscape buffers will be a good addition – and are necessary.

The benefits from the proposed solar arrays in Dryden – a local source of non-polluting electric generation and low cost electricity for local residents outweigh the aesthetic objections.

Christopher Baurle
Dryden