Baltimore embraces renewable energy

How can Baltimore address a global problem? One solar panel at a time.

It was a particularly gloomy and rainy Thursday in Baltimore, but a certain solar press conference inside City Hall shone with the promise of renewable energy for the city. As reported by The Baltimore Sun ("Baltimore ranks 34th in nation for installation of solar panels," March 26), Environment Maryland debuted "Shining Cities," a report ranking the top 70 cities in America for solar energy capacity.

Baltimore's status as 34th was a visible source of pride for the City Council members present during the March 26 news conference, including President Bernard C. "Jack" Young and Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke. Other solar advocates like Robert Wallace of BithEnergy and Nicole Steele from GRID Alternatives were also present to show their support for legislation like Community Solar and the Maryland Clean Energy Advancement Act.

It was truly an inspiring sight to see local politicians and business owners working together to lessen the city's impact on climate change. More than ever, we need to urge state leaders to follow Baltimore's lead and support increasing renewable energy sources for Maryland.

Niccolo Dosto, Baltimore

The writer is an intern for Environment Maryland.

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