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Opinion

Lawrence Harmon

Convention center needs to follow through on solar promise

Mayor Menino is preparing to install 16 solar panels on his Hyde Park rooftop, which is about the size of a bocce court. That’s leading by example. Meanwhile, the roof of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, which is larger than 20 football fields, is barren of solar technology.

State and city officials are busily promoting solar energy as an affordable option for homes and businesses in search of renewable energy solutions. Governor Patrick has set an ambitious statewide goal of 250 megawatts of solar power by 2017, about twice the current level. The Solarize Massachusetts campaign got a big boost last week with the ribbon-cutting for a 2,068-panel solar farm at the Drydock Center in the Seaport District. But it also drew attention to the absence of solar power at the nearby convention center.

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