I thought the letter to the editor by Charles F. Heimerdinger published Feb. 19 was dead-on accurate. Essentially, he did his research into investing into a personal solar-powered photovoltaic system and found that even with the lavish incentives being handed out by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Department of Energy, his personal investment simply was money not well spent. Some would argue they make a statement by investing in technologies that could not make it on their own merit at this point in time. In absence of an overall energy policy, these incentives alone end up being money wasted. We have seen federal incentives on solar dating back to the administration of former President Jimmy Carter, and NYSERDA has worked on the fringe for many years. When will these technologies stand on their own merit?