NC town rejects solar panels — fear they “suck energy from the sun”

Members of the public in Woodland, North Carolina, expressed their fear and mistrust at the proposal to allow Strata Solar Company to build a solar farm off Highway 258.

During the Woodland Town Council meeting, one local man, Bobby Mann, said solar farms would suck up all the energy from the sun and businesses would not go to Woodland, the Roanoke-Chowan News Herald reported.

Jane Mann, a retired science teacher, said she was concerned the panels would prevent plants in the area from photosynthesizing, stopping them from growing…

She also questioned the high number of cancer deaths in the area, saying no one could tell her solar panels didn’t cause cancer.

Yes, there are plenty of folks throughout the whole United States as ignorant, backwards and foolish as the citizens of Woodland, North Carolina. Still, the Solid South remains a leading candidate for out-of-date, out-of-time, out-of-the-running for the advancement of any business or project that’s progressed beyond a 19th Century skillset.

5 thoughts on “NC town rejects solar panels — fear they “suck energy from the sun”

  1. Update says:

    “The North Carolina town that’s scared of solar panels, revisited” (2015) https://www.vox.com/2015/12/18/10519644/north-carolina-solar-town

    The world’s best solar power schemes now offer the “cheapest…electricity in history” with the technology cheaper than coal and gas in most major countries according to the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2020. https://www.carbonbrief.org/solar-is-now-cheapest-electricity-in-history-confirms-iea
    The 464-page outlook, published today by the IEA, also outlines the “extraordinarily turbulent” impact of coronavirus and the “highly uncertain” future of global energy use over the next two decades. See “World Energy Outlook 2020” https://webstore.iea.org/world-energy-outlook-2020

  2. Sunny Jim says:

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest electric utility is breaking ground on a 50-megawatt solar field that will provide power to Western New Mexico University, the city of Albuquerque and other large users.
    Officials will gather Thursday on the Jicarilla Apache Nation in northern New Mexico for a ceremony.
    As the third largest solar project on tribal land in the U.S., the array will be capable of producing enough electricity to power the equivalent of about 16,000 average homes for a year. https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/new-mexico-utility-tribe-to-break-ground-on-solar-farm/5895698/

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