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Letter: Cover part of Plum Isle with solar panels

Environmentalists want the wildlife on Plus Island protected.

Environmentalists want the wildlife on Plus Island protected. The lighthouse is seen here in 2005. Credit: AP / Bill Davis

Regarding your article about the use of the 840-acre Plum Island, I hope politicians like Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) consider a solar power plant [“Bill to prevent sale of federal facility passed,” News, April 29].

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory states that a large, fixed-tilt photovoltaic solar power plant generates enough electricity for 1,000 homes using 32 acres. That means we could power more than 10,000 homes using less than half of Plum Island.

There would be no NIMBY backlash, and the turtles and wildlife could continue living there. A win-win!

Christopher L. Turpin, Patchogue

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