Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 12, 2013

No subsidies for solar?

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — I think it is admirable that Cherryland Electric is working with TCL&P to launch a solar project that could benefit the area. General Manager Tony Anderson states that a goal is to offer solar without subsidies. I have to ask myself, why not subsidize solar? Every other form of energy we use is heavily subsidized. Why should solar have to stand alone? In fact, solar is a great investment. If you build a coal plant, which must be heavily subsidized, you still have to buy the coal. After you invest in solar, you get energy free. You don't make the air filthy with carbon either. I hope Great Lakes Energy follows suit.

Heather Miller