Town in USA rejects solar farm as they worry,
“It would Suck all the Energy from Sun”
North Carolina’s town of Woodland is in the cross-hairs of camera yet again for rejecting the proposal of installing solar panels on its borders.
Three solar farms have been approved already, but the local residents seem unhappy with the decision. The Council defeated the motion to rezone an area for additional solar farm after public’s disapproval.
Jane Mann – a retired teacher- showed her concerns about solar panel installations saying that there’s a risk of rising in deaths in the area of cancer. And no one told her that these solar panels wouldn’t cause cancer (despite the reports show that cancer rate in North Carolina have fallen).
She was also concerned with the speed of photosynthesis process. She thought solar panels will slow it down, stopping the plants – in the surroundings of solar farms – from growing.
She added, “People come with hidden agendas. We shouldn’t sign any paper, until we can find if anything is going to damage this community.”
Bobby Mann – A local resident – said that he fears that all the young people are going to move out and local communities would dry up. He continued to argue that solar farms would suck up all the energy from the Sun and no one’s going to come to Woodland.
The borders of Woodland are a popular spot for solar farm developers as it has an electrical substation and the energy generated from the solar panels can be added in the national grid without any hassle. The construction has started on one of the farms that has been approved already.
Unfortunately this hatred isn’t new. The New York Times covered a similar story back in 2011. When the state of New Jersey started installing solar panels on power poles, majority of locals were unhappy. Some of them thought they were just an “eyesore”. Other residents called them ugly or hideous, and they said they were worried about their property value as it was declining because of solar panels.
However, this step – of installing solar panels – pushed NJ closer to their renewable energy target – one of the highest in United States. Earlier this year, New Jersey also approved a bill to get at least 80% of all its energy from renewable sources by 2050.
Not all the residents of New Jersey were against the changes. With seeing the panels installed and knowing their importance, some took it as a Badge of Pride.
Hopefully, with better education and an increased exposure we will be able to outline the positives of solar panels and their need of the time.