Residents of a North Carolina town reject solar power plan because they think it will use up all the sunlight and kill the plants.
A town meeting in Woodland, North Carolina heard public comments on a proposed solar farm in which citizens, including a retired science teacher called Jane Mann, spoke out against the proposal.
Ms Mann opposes the solar expansion because she believes it would lower her property values. She also said that plants near solar farms do not thrive because there wasn’t enough sunshine left over for them to photosynthesize. She also evinced a belief that solar panels cause cancer. Her husband added that solar panels “suck up all the energy from the sun.”
That makes sense. There is only a finite amount of sunlight and if solar panels take some of it, less will be left for other purposes. And she is not merely proposing a theory. She has data because she has observed plants that are brown and dead near solar panels. She did not explain why it could not be the other way around, that the greedy plants will hog all the sunlight and leave nothing for the panels. No doubt she has applied for a grant to conduct further research.
Anyway, these solid science-based arguments persuaded the town council to place a moratorium on all solar farms. You can’t be too careful, after all. Why, if you put in enough solar farms, there may be no daylight at all.