This is in response to the article on the front page of the Oct. 15 ThisWeek Delaware News, “City clears path for southeast-side fire station” by Thomas Gallick.

I appreciate you updating us in the community on the development of this fire station. However, you’ve omitted a bit of information that is important to many in the city and county. There has been interest expressed in having solar panels installed on the roof of the new fire station, and Mayor Carolyn Riggle herself expressed to planning director David Efland, in the city council meeting Oct. 9, that she wanted solar panels on the station roof.

More community support for solar energy being used for Fire Station 304 was heard at a recent public hearing.

Last year, Delaware County sprouted a solar co-op that recruited more than 100 members and resulted in more than 30 new installations on residential homes.

This boom in solar energy has stimulated interest among nonprofits as well. Now, Stratford Ecological Center will be installing solar panels. The Methodist Theological School has had solar panels for years.

It’s time for our local government to invest in alternative energy as a responsible way to use taxpayer funds. Fire Station 304 is a golden opportunity.

David Soliday

Delaware