As the article "BLM calls off moratorium on solar applications" (July 3) noted, there are only nine utility-scale solar plants throughout the United States. And although the state of Nevada is termed "the Saudi Arabia of solar power," such plants should be built in many Western states (including Utah). They require little or no maintenance. Solar panels could be built on hinges that could be rotated from harmful elements such as hail. In addition, new technology could apply the equivalent of a "magnifying glass" to solar panels, which would boost output. That would increase the number of states considered viable solar producers.

James A. Marples