The city council of a small town in North Carolina just rejected the rezoning plans for a new solar farm after for fears that it would grow cancer, kill plants, and suck up all the energy from the sun.
A local resident of Northampton County passionately protested at this week’s Woodland Town Council meeting, saying that the farm would “suck up all the energy from the sun and businesses would not come to Woodland.”
Another local resident and retired science teacher said that the proposed solar ranch could hinder photosynthesis in the area and stop plants from growing, and protested that no one could tell her solar panels didn’t cause cancer.
Many more locals expressed concern that the new solar farm would negatively effect the price of their homes.
Strata Solar Company representative Brent Niemann assured everyone at the meeting that the only sunlight that would be used by the panels would be that which fell directly on the panels. “The panels don’t draw additional sunlight,” he commented.
In spite of all the facts that were stated, the Woodland Town Council decided to turn down the proposal, and then later voted to put a moratorium on all future solar farms in the county.
Do you agree with the counsel? Do you think solar power should be stopped?