With the recent addition of the largest solar panel installation in Major League Baseball, I’m proud to call the Royals my home team. This home-run improvement shows foresight, as solar and other renewable energies — including wind and geothermal power — reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil.
Instead of burning fossil fuels to power large buildings, which accounts for 70 percent of electricity use and causes climate change, more industry leaders and power companies should follow the lead of the Royals and Kansas City Power & Light Co.
This decision was not made for the benefit of the spotted owls and mountain landscapes that typically inform environmentally friendly upgrades.
This decision is the equivalent of a grand slam. It directly benefits the people of Greater Kansas City, whose air will be cleaner, asthma rates lower and economy more secure in the future as a result of this proactive decision.
I hope this encourages other Kansas City businesses to step up to the plate and be similarly realistic about where the country’s energy picture is headed.