North Carolina Town Rejects Plan For Solar Farm Because It Will Suck Up The Sun And Leave Plants To Die

December 14, 2015

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In news that sounds straight out of an Onion article, the North Carolina town of Woodland has rejected plans for a proposed solar power farm in the area, over concerns that the solar cells would suck up too much sun and leave nearby plants starved for light. Here are some quotes from the two all-stars of the public hearing, one of whom was a science teacher. SHE TAUGHT SCIENCE. Those poor students.

Jane Mann said she is a local native and is concerned about the plants that make the community beautiful.


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.

She also questioned the high number of cancer deaths in the area, saying 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.

"People come with hidden agendas," she said. "Until we can find if anything is going to damage this community, we shouldn't sign any paper."

Bobby Mann said he watched communities dry up when I-95 came along and warned that would happen to Woodland because of the solar farms.

"You're killing your town," he said. "All the young people are going to move out."

He said the solar farms would suck up all the energy from the sun and businesses would not come to Woodland.

Wow. I don't really know what to say. Jan Mann the retired science teacher has observed dead plants near solar panels AND nobody can tell her solar panels don't cause cancer. That sounds like rock-solid science to me. No word if the school district intends to sue her to get all her paychecks back.

Thanks to TW, who's concerned wind energy farms might steal all the wind and then birds won't be able to fly.

  • Greg

    GW, you need to verify stuff, man. This was already debunked. It's a prime example of yellow journalism.

    http://www.snopes.com/north...

  • shashi

    i smell a Koch

  • Guesticle

    seen elsewhere. false, objection was because solar farms are fugly

  • Guesticle

    it WILL kill any plants it actually directly shades out. ground cover scrub type stuff

  • Will

    LOL I thought the same thing, but the person in the article didn't say the dead plants were UNDER the panels.

  • KLRJUNE .

    The laugh is on you Geekologie. Your article is just another media lie. Go to Snopes for the real truth. The biggest idiots are the ones who spread and believe this garbage.

    http://www.snopes.com/north...

  • InnDEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED

    Or the biggest idiots are the ones who link multiple times to broken links and make claims of their own intellectual superiority. And can't even quote their alleged link correctly. The one being laughed at is in a mirror, take a look.

  • Ummm, your link's broke. (Oh, and the Snopes article actually says it's mostly accurate.)

  • Sometimes I wish I wasn't human.
    I'd like to be from an other world, so I could laugh at all the stupidity that emanates from this rock.

  • KLRJUNE .

    You've been had by a lie. Who's stupid now?

    http://www.snopes.com/north...

  • Hey, shit for brains!
    1) Stop calling me stupid.
    2) That link is broken - here is one that works...
    http://www.snopes.com/north...
    3) I still stand by my previous comment.

  • Superior_Joe

    Hey smartass, you're so fucking smart, how about providing a link to an actual article, this one's 404.

    Tard.

  • Jenness

    She's not 100% wrong - They won't steal sunlight, but there is a cost to them that isn't so eco-friendly.

    The EPA has ongoing studies on pollutants of solar farms because solar photovoltaic panels may contain hazardous materials that could be released when a panel is damaged or disposed of improperly. Concentrating solar energy systems may also use potentially hazardous materials like oils and molten salts, creating the potential for spills. The EPA is working to address this issue now by siting renewable energy projects on contaminated lands and mine sites.

    Also, larger farms can cause havoc with wildlife. Migratory birds are attracted to the light but they are known to burn them up in the sky (the bigger farms) and kill them. So there are already guidelines barring solar farms from main migratory paths.

    With every advance there are also things not so awesome - and in the end it is finding out what is the best way - but that depends on the area of the country, etc.

    While Solar Power may be an amazing plan for some areas of the country depending on geographic and wildlife factors - it could very well be very bad in another.

    There is no "cookie cutter" solution - pure cold fusion thing yet.

  • Reminds me of all the people who claimed the snow was fake during Snowpocalypse 2014. We're all screwed, these are our leaders and they ain't going anywhere soon. Shots out to G Dub (GW) for starting the downfall of Woodland by being the first "young people" to get out of town!!!

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    My first thought was this: https://www.youtube.com/wat...

  • Will

    It's always extra insulting when this kind of stupidity comes from an alleged "science" teacher... those poor kids :(

  • KLRJUNE .

    The article is a lie. Feel stupid now?

    http://www.snopes.com/north...

  • Will

    LOL nope.

  • Superior_Joe

    Oh look what else. I found the article you failed to link to. Feel stupid yet smartass?

    CLAIM: Residents of a North Carolina town rejected the local installation of a solar farm over fears the technology was harmful.

    MOSTLY TRUE

    WHAT'S TRUE: A North Carolina town rejected the further installation of solar panels; some residents registered fears that the panels would disrupt the local ecosystem, while many others worried property values would be affected.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I found the snopes article in question. Here's the important parts:

    Mostly True

    WHAT'S TRUE: A North Carolina town rejected the further installation of solar panels; some residents registered fears that the panels would disrupt the local ecosystem, while many others worried property values would be affected.

    WHAT'S FALSE: Concerns hinged solely on the dangers of solar panels.

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