Pocono Raceway received the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for the development of a three-megawatt, ground-mount photovoltaic solar energy system that went online in September. The 25-acre solar installation is the primary electric source for raceway and adds enough electricity to power 1,000 nearby homes.

Why have Maine officials ignored solar power, since it is far less damaging to nature than almost any source? And what about the energy source literally flowing past us: the Kennebec River. Why not take advantage of the heat within its water? Hydro heat pumps that will extract energy efficiently are far better than tapping ambient air that surrounds us all. River water fluctuates very little, a great advantage.

Geothermal heat is inherent in the water table, especially in Skowhegan, and probably many other towns.

Some electric power needs to be used to energize pumps, but it is a small expense.

Paul O. Sylvain