A town council in Woodland, North Carolina, rejected a proposal for a solar farm out of fear and distrust of solar panels from residents.
The council voted down allowing land to be rezoned so that Strata Solar Company could build a solar farm off US Highway 258, according to the Roanoke-Chowan News Herald.
Bobby Mann (not pictured), a resident of Woodland, said that businesses would stop going to the area and the community would suffer as a result and the farms would suck up all the energy from the sun.
“You’re killing your town,” he said. “All the young people are going to move out.”
Jane Mann, a retired science teacher, expressed concerns that plants in the vicinity of the panels would not photosynthesize which would prevent the plants from growing.
The Roanoke–Chowan News-Herald reports:
She is a retired Northampton science teacher and is concerned that photosynthesis, which depends upon sunlight, would not happen and would keep the plants from growing. She said she has observed areas near solar panels where the plants are brown and dead because they did not get enough sunlight.
Mann went on to question the high number of cancer deaths in the area. She added that no one could tell her that solar panels didn’t cause cancer.
“I want to know what’s going to happen,” she said. “I want information. Enough is enough. I don’t see the profit for the town.”
So if there’s profit in it for the town, it’s OK if the solar panels ’cause cancer’ then?
“People come with hidden agendas,” Mann added. “Until we can find if anything is going to damage this community, we shouldn’t sign any paper.”
Bobby Mann continued to say that because all of the energy would be sucked up from the sun, businesses would not come to Woodland.
Several company representatives from Strata addressed the council and residents who attended the meeting.
Beth Trahos explained that solar farms are proven to be safe and exist next to homes and she added that there are no negative impacts on property values statewide.
“There are no negative impacts,” Trahos said. “A solar farm is a wonderful use for a property like this.”
“The panels don’t draw additional sunlight,” Niemann said.
“There are no toxic materials on site,” Brent Niemann said. “This is a tried and true technology,” he added.
Solar farm companies seek placement near Woodland because it has an electrical substation that the solar power generated by the panels can be hooked up to.
The vote ended up resulting in 3-1 against rezoning the land and the council later voted for a moratorium on future solar farms.
Hey, if you think that conspiracy theory is weird, there’s a political party here in this country that believes human activities do not contribute to climate change. We call these people ‘Republicans.’
Scientists agree that man contributes to climate change but Conservatives are having none of that science-y stuff. And we’re sure they think NASA is part of that nefarious plot. NASA is probably just part of the Illuminati or <insert scary conspiracy theory here>.
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