But going back to Oolie's point regarding solar panels and their success in Germany, solar energy developer, Nexamp, proposed to build a solar facility in Ithaca. Ryan McCune, the company's business development manager said that a 25 acre solar plant could help, but not fully, meet the energy demands that the City currently has. However, no word or update has been released yet regarding if the solar plant will be approved and if it will come to fruition as the decarbonization plan encompasses more buildings than the develop initially proposed.
Others have concerns regarding fossil fuel use as well, including the Ithaca Sunrise Movement. The organization has been a strong proponent of having a "no fossil fuel prerequisite" for energy improvements since the City passed the Green Building policy. The IECS falls under this policy, as well as affordability improvements and how to use renewable energy sources.
However, while the switch to electric make seem easy, some are skeptical that the move could do more damage than good, including local environmental activist Neil Oolie.