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Letter: Hardware business a model for solar power

This massive solar farm, hard at work on

This massive solar farm, hard at work on April 4, 2015, sits along Edwards Avenue in Calverton. Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Long Island has a standout climate change leader in Hank Brinkmann, co-owner of Brinkmann’s True Value Hardware stores [“The Solar Shift,” News, Dec. 15]. His new Miller Place store is the first retail facility in the state to be fully powered by renewable energy. Now, Brinkmann and his staff have set a goal to power all of their business buildings with renewable energy by 2025. Hallelujah!

I have asked Brinkmann to post online his renewable energy model so that other businessmen and women may use it as a guide. This could spur a Long Island, state and national renewable energy movement among businesspeople.

Wouldn’t it be something if PSEG Long Island and the Long Island Power Authority set a goal to power Long Island with 100 percent renewable energy by 2025? On an island where homes and businesses have been torn apart by storms fed by fossil fuel-driven climate change, that would be something to celebrate.

Peter Maniscalco, Manorville

Editor’s note: The writer is a Long Island energy activist.