According to scientists, the Earth intercepts more than 10,000 times the amount of solar energy needed for our present worldwide power consumption. That abundant, renewable, non-polluting power source is increasingly used by the United States and other nations intent on reducing greenhouse gases.
Some American towns missed the memo. Woodland, North Carolina’s town council, for example, recently considered a proposal for a solar farm. Woodland is a preferred site for the solar farm, to be built by Strata Solar Company, because the town has an electrical substation that could directly accept solar power via hook up.
Not only did the town council reject the solar farm proposal; it also voted to place a moratorium on future solar farms. Why? Well, three reasons were cited:
– The solar farm might soak up all the energy from the sun;
– The solar panels would hinder photosynthesis, keeping plants from growing; and
– Solar panels’ adverse health impacts, including cancer.
The first reason reportedly came from regular old townspeople; however, the 2nd and 3rd beauties came from a retired science teacher(?!) named Jane Mann, who stated no one could tell her that solar panels didn’t cause cancer.
A Strata Solar Company spokesperson explained to the town board that solar panels passively accept the sun rather than actively sucking up its energy and that there are no photosynthesis problems or adverse health impacts associated with solar farms. No soap: the Woodland town board wasn’t about to be hoodwinked by that newfangled “sun rays” business. Strata Solar Company will have to find another site for its solar farm.
The simple, harmless operation of a solar farm is accessible on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ja3-JW7cKos
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