See solar power in action

Clean energy is such an exciting path to the future. In fact, clean energy – solar panels, wind turbines and energy efficiency – are our only choice for a sustainable energy future Many of our neighbors will be available to show off and discuss their solar panels this weekend (Oct 6 and 7) as part of the National Solar Tour (For a list of open houses, go to

I’ve had solar panels on my Flourtown property for two years. Since I have a shady roof, I went with pole-mounted panels that track the sun bi-directionally every day: from east to west, and from horizon-facing in the morning and evening to skyward facing mid-day. This optimizes the amount of clean energy I can make.

I invested in solar power for many reasons: Primarily, I’m concerned about the threats of climate change, which are already upon us and getting obviously worse each year. If we’re going to leave our kids a livable planet, we need to wean ourselves off fossil fuels. And since our current leadership in Washington chooses to foolishly ignore this problem, I decided I’d do my part in my own back yard. My panels are also a good financial investment, generating a bit more energy than I use, which PECO buys back from me, as required by state law.

Think of it this way: When I invested in solar two years ago, I prepaid my electricity bill for the next 7-8 years. For every year after that, my electricity is free. And there’s less air and water pollution, which means better health for all of us, especially our kids.

Feel free to stop by and see my panels. You can ask me any questions about the panels and the cost. I’ll be part of the National Solar Tour this Saturday, October 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Find my property at 100 South College Ave in Flourtown.

Joy Bergey


‘Delighted’ by Pearl Kim profile

I was delighted to read the wonderful article about Pearl Kim, who is running as a Republican in the US House race in the former 7th, and now 5th, US Congressional District.

[“Former Flourtown resident makes waves as a GOP house candidate in PA 5th.” Sept. 27]

I applaud the Chestnut Hill Local in publishing her compelling story as an Asian-American woman whose immigrant parents came to America from South Korea with virtually nothing and went on to become educated professionals and successful members of their community. Her parents obviously imparted their strong value system to Pearl and her brother.

The success of Pearl and her family is no doubt the result of self-motivation, self-determination and a desire to live the American dream. I wish that such a value system were more common in today’s world.

My only regret is that I do not live in the 5th District and am not able to cast my vote for her on November 6.

It is political candidates like Ms. Kim who have the potential to truly make America great. I will be rooting for her on November 6.

Sharon M. Reiss
Mt. Airy