Re: “A cloudy outlook for coexisting with solar energy” [Jan. 30, Opinion]:

Sunday’s Opinion section included a most interesting Op-Ed regarding the proper use of rural land for solar energy production, but why no mention of using regulations and incentives to build solar panels on urban corporate/commercial buildings and private homes instead?

Why would the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Futures Study predict that 90% of development will occur on rural lands? Urban rooftops are already a desert for the natural world, the infrastructure by definition is already in place, the technology is pretty good.

Is there a reason beyond the lobbying of huge firms to encourage commercial solar farms in rural areas?

Trisha Woollcott, Seattle