Solar Farm Rejected For Fear of Too Much Energy Sucking

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Solar Farm Rejected For Fear of Too Much Energy Sucking

Solar Panels on a Solar Farm

Rezoning for a solar farm in Woodland, NC, was nixed after the community expressed fears that the panels would take up too much of the sun's energy and leave too little for local business.

From the "You don't hear that every day" department:

The Woodland, NC, town council refused to rezone some land so a solar farm could be added. The problem? Some members of the community expressed fears ranging from the panels could cause cancer to the farm would suck up too much energy from the surrounding area.

Two of the most vocal against the rezoning was a married couple, Jane and Bobby Mann. The wife is a retired science teacher and expressed reservations that the solar farm would inhibit photosynthesis of plants in the area. She also pointed to the high number of cancer cases, and said she has not gotten any proof that the panels are not the culprit (the council has previously approved three other solar farms in the area).

"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. Until we can find if anything is going to damage this community, we shouldn't sign any paper."

The husband said the panels were "killing the town," and even went so far as to say that the solar farms would suck up all the energy from the sun and businesses would not come to Woodland, according to the Roanoke-Chowan Herald-News.

Others felt that more solar farms would hurt property values, and one woman even presented a petition requesting that further solar farms be put on a referendum during elections.

The council voted to not rezone in a vote of 3-1 and passed a moratorium on future farms, thereby halting Strata Solar Company from building the solar site. A spokesman for the firm who was at the meeting tried to reassure residents, saying "the panels don't draw additional sunlight" and that solar panels were a "tried and true technology."

Ah, to be a fly on that wall during the discussion.

Source: Roanoke-Chowan Herald-News, via Huffington Post

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So I heard there were talks in Paris recently about something... something to with climate change and switching to renewable energy? Nah!

At first, I wanted to write something semi-witty. Then I sighed sadly and started writing what you see now.

And you are asking why USA started to lose leading role in the world. Among other reasons.

Democracy! Freedom! Wooo!

The unfortunate downside to democracy is that sometimes the idiots have the numbers.

Aaaaaand yes america it's people like this that will be voting to decide the guy that will be leading your country. Sleep well.

Some of these people are highly motivated voters.

Barbas:
Some of these people are highly motivated voters.

Indeed the number of votes they posted must be equal to or greater than thier IQ.

Nobody told them to wear tin foil hats, and all will be fine?

Holy... There's no way this is true. People can't be this stupid, they just can't...

Suck up all the energy of the sun? Seriously? I can't even...does he understand what the sun IS?! This is literally hurting my brain. There's stupid, and then there's this. Do these people still think the Earth is flat? Or that the universe revolves around Earth?
And this woman was a teacher? A SCIENCE TEACHER?!

Walk away, Strata Solar Company. Walk away and never look back.

Dear God, I want to go into this town and smack these people. The ones that don't like how they look, fine, you have a fair point. I don't agree with it, but okay. But all the other excuses? Why? How have you survived this long on this planet? Is the internet some form of magic to you? Do you still dream of going to the moon so you can eat its lovely cheese rocks? ARGH!!!!
I need to leave. I can't take this.

this is so stupid that I don't have a single point of reference for it. I'm saying this without any hint of irony here, is this a joke? like one of those stories about that country off somewhere or another where they do something stupid like lick eachother's eyeballs or something. Personally I would prefer that to be associated with America than this.

I mean I could understand this if the solar panels were being built on a park and people didn't want them there, or if they were building them on some tourist attraction and they would ugly up the place and reduce tourism income. But seriously? these are the reasons I'd think up if I was literally five years old, wait no I wouldn't I wouldn't think up these reasons because even as a five year old before the internet I would get up off my ass and actually do some research.

I thought there were legitimate reasons not to put large amounts of solar panels together, such as the reflective surfaces confusing birds, but this... sheesh.

(My sister has solar panels on her roof. During the warmer months, the energy company pays her. Won't be long before the investment is earned back. Solar energy is pretty awesome.)

I'm suddenly thinking of Duke Nukem from Captain Planet.

No idea why. 0_0

I';ll let jontron sum my thoughts up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVZ2vk3PYPE

How do those people function? I....I....words have completely failed me.

A science teacher? She's a science teacher? I don't even know how to insult this kind of ignorance properly.

This is funny kind of. I mean, it's terrible, but it's not representative of the general understanding of solar for the US. The town has a population of 733 as of 2013.

My coworkers and I laughed our asses off when the retired "science teacher" said what she said though, it's too funny.

I have a tiny little homonculus in my head screaming this has to be from the Onion.

Hevach:
A science teacher? She's a science teacher? I don't even know how to insult this kind of ignorance properly.

With great ease? Post her a copy of an A-level science textbook?

My immediate response to this, had I been there in real life, would have been a string of profanity that'd make Bill Hicks rise from the dead for a round of applause.

There's literally no excuse for this type of stupidity, especially from a former science teacher. If she was still an active teacher, I can bet there'd be a petition for her credentials to be voided due to the utter lack of basic knowledge in the subject she taught. Seriously, that's kindergarten-level knowledge that she seems to have completely missed.

Dosbilliam:
My immediate response to this, had I been there in real life, would have been a string of profanity that'd make Bill Hicks rise from the dead for a round of applause.

There's literally no excuse for this type of stupidity, especially from a former science teacher. If she was still an active teacher, I can bet there'd be a petition for her credentials to be voided due to the utter lack of basic knowledge in the subject she taught. Seriously, that's kindergarten-level knowledge that she seems to have completely missed.

Maybe thats why she retired?

Oh for fuck's sake...

All I can think of is this Lewis Black joke:

"You know why we don't have solar energy? It's because the sun goes away each day, and it doesn't tell us where it's going!"

John Keefer:
The wife is a retired science teacher and expressed reservations that the solar farm would inhibit photosynthesis of plants in the area. She also pointed to the high number of cancer cases, and said she has not gotten any proof that the panels are not the culprit (the council has previously approved three other solar farms in the area).

"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. Until we can find if anything is going to damage this community, we shouldn't sign any paper."

Science teacher? Really? Are you fucking kidding me?
A science teacher is demanding the proof of a negative? Solar pannels sucking in more energy and taking it away from plants?
What in the name of everything that's important is going on here? Why do people like this have any saying at all in this matter?
First I thought the artcile was joking and I kept reading to find out what actually happened, but nope. They are serious.
How I'm currently imagining the retired science teacher.
image

Baresark:
I have a tiny little homonculus in my head screaming this has to be from the Onion.

That is the first thing I checked to see if this was some spoof site ala The Onion. Sadly, no.

John Keefer:

Baresark:
I have a tiny little homonculus in my head screaming this has to be from the Onion.

That is the first thing I checked to see if this was some spoof site ala The Onion. Sadly, no.

*stares in horror*

I...I...I...ok, if you listened carefully just then you would have heard the final gasp of my faith in humanity...how does someone with the IQ of a banana get into mayorial office...cause thats thje sort of IQ that would believe what that lady was shovelling.

Excuse me, I need to go find some tylenol before my head explodes

Morti:
The unfortunate downside to democracy is that sometimes the idiots have the numbers.

Idiots always have numbers on their side, they can't figure out condoms.

I wonder what would happen if the solar panels were taken away, along with the town's connection to the state power grid. They're taking power from other local businesses after all, their use might not leave enough power for everyone else, it could affect the economy!

NPC009:
I thought there were legitimate reasons not to put large amounts of solar panels together, such as the reflective surfaces confusing birds, but this... sheesh.

If you put enough of them in the right pattern, you can make parabolic mirrors that (quite literally) create focal points hot enough to instantly kill birds that fly through. Or you can use it to heat water to run a steam turbine like the Ivanpah SEGS.

Or you can put anti reflective coatings on the panels, all the reflection is wasted energy anyway so it make no difference to generating capacity, but that's really boring.

God DAMN I can't wait until I can afford to move out of this country...

It is a shame that so many people don't bother going to town and city meetings or bother to vote. Because when you are an intelligent educated person and you don't, these are the kind of people that end up taking the majority.

Hevach:
A science teacher? She's a science teacher? I don't even know how to insult this kind of ignorance properly.

"Surpriiiise! Hi, Mrs. Mann, we thought we'd throw you a little retirement party." *tooot*

"Retir... I'm 23..."

"Soo sorry to see you go."

;)

I think I lost two IQ points reading this mind fuckery, since when does solar panels quote, Suck up all the energy of the sun?, unquote.

I swear this sounds like something you would read on The Onion.

that science teacher must have retired a million years ago

Somebloke:

Hevach:
A science teacher? She's a science teacher? I don't even know how to insult this kind of ignorance properly.

"Surpriiiise! Hi, Mrs. Mann, we thought we'd throw you a little retirement party." *tooot*

"Retir... I'm 23..."

"Soo sorry to see you go."

;)

If I could like or kudos posts in here. My god...

Ladies and gentlemen... a round of applause for the 1st world that brings us gems like this... people that have all the priviliges one could wish for in the world... yet are dumb as stale toast...

WolvDragon:
I think I lost two IQ points reading this mind fuckery, since when does solar panels quote, Suck up all the energy of the sun?, unquote.

I swear this sounds like something you would read on The Onion.

*cries on your shoulder* but its reaaaaaal!!!

Matthew Lynch:

WolvDragon:
I think I lost two IQ points reading this mind fuckery, since when does solar panels quote, Suck up all the energy of the sun?, unquote.

I swear this sounds like something you would read on The Onion.

*cries on your shoulder* but its reaaaaaal!!!

And it's so true, it hurts!

-Insert obligatory All faith in humanity lost again remark-

WolvDragon:

Matthew Lynch:

WolvDragon:
I think I lost two IQ points reading this mind fuckery, since when does solar panels quote, Suck up all the energy of the sun?, unquote.

I swear this sounds like something you would read on The Onion.

*cries on your shoulder* but its reaaaaaal!!!

And it's so true, it hurts!

-Insert obligatory All faith in humanity lost again remark-

I beat you to it...

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