I read "Green homes: Rising under the sun," News, May 8] about the first five-home solar community on Long Island.

I believe people should followbuilder Art Wilson's example with communities like these. Solar panels benefit the environment; they reduce the gases that add to global warming.

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Although the initial cost is expensive, it pays off when your electric bill is cheaper. The tax exemption is also an incentive, helping to repay the initial cost of the house.

It was mentioned that geothermal energy is being used, which also decreases the pollutants released, such as nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides. These can aggravate your respiratory system.

What Wilson is doing is a good idea and the government should support him and follow in his footsteps.

Emily Brant, Oceanside