Tax Credits, Not Alternative Systems, Key To Success

In response to Greenhouse Grower’s February article “Saving With Solar,” Centerton Nursery’s R. Denny Blew points out that the grower with conventional fuel systems could achieve as much with a tax credit as the grower receiving them for alternative systems:

Sometimes we get so obsessed with what we can grab with one hand that we completely forget what we have in the other hand. In regard to your February cover story “Saving With Solar,” I won’t knock any grower for looking for alternative energy sources.

However, give me a 50 (percent) tax credit and I can find a way to make my conventional fuel system a whole lot better. Give me a 50 (percent) tax credit and I’ll make it cheaper. Give me a 50 (percent) tax credit and I’ll make it more efficient. Give me a 50 (percent) tax credit and I’ll make it more feasible. Give me a 50 (percent) tax credit and I can make the numbers work.

The point here is that the so-called green energy source is not the magic bullet that made this project work. It was the 50 (percent) tax credit that pointed at a politically correct direction that made this work. You can accomplish as much or more with improving conventional systems if someone else (the taxpayer) is going to eat half the cost!

R. Denny Blew, President, Centerton Nursery, Bridgeton, N.J.

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