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Use buildings for solar panels, not open space

Workers cover an expansion joint in the roof

Workers cover an expansion joint in the roof of the Maj. Gen. Emmett J. Bean Federal Center in the northeast Indianapolis area of Lawrence, Ind., on March 31, 2011. Credit: AP

Solar on buildings, not open space

I am all for alternative energy sources that will diminish the carbon footprint. But not at the cost of green space. We traveled to Hawaii last fall and saw solar panels — not on pristine fields, nor deforested land, but on industrial buildings, homes, shopping centers and stores [“Require new stores to facilitate solar,” Letters, April 4].

If you require a certain percentage of all construction to install solar systems, those owners will receive energy discounts, and we Long Islanders will be able to continue to enjoy our open spaces and benefit from the valuable oxygen produced by the trees and grasses.

Nancy Rymer, Manorville