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Jun 16 2011

NYIT Professor Urges Solar Energy in Commentary

Old Westbury, N.Y. (June 16, 2011) – New York needs to fully embrace solar energy, says NYIT’s Robert Amundsen, Ph.D., in a commentary published in Newsday.

Now that oil prices have soared to about $100 per barrel, solar is a realistic option for suburban homes, adds Amundsen, the director of NYIT’s master of science in energy management program.

“Employing solar installers to capture energy from our own rooftops will help keep our dollars right here on Long Island,” writes Amundsen. At the same time, solar avoids the problems created by other energy production, such as global warming, oil spills, water contamination from fracking, and radioactive meltdowns. 

Amundsen, who helped plan NYIT’s recent energy conference, “Beyond Carbon,” says solar energy increases the resale value of a home.  One recent study suggests a typical system would increase the value of a home by about $20,000.

In the June 16 essay, Amundsen urged passage of the New York Solar Industry Development and Jobs Act, the bill that would create a solar energy credit system.

“Solar electric systems are quiet, reliable and nonpolluting, with minimal maintenance,” Amundsen wrote.

Read more in Newsday:

Amundsen: Solar can help break oil habit [Note: Some Newsday articles require subscriptions, so only portions are available for free.]

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