Nah, would suck up all the Suns energy... QLD Maybe?
US town rejects solar farm because locals fear panels will ‘suck up all the energy from the sun’
Network WritersNews Corp Australia
December 15, 2015 5:41AM
A SMALL American town rejected a solar farm proposal after locals complained the panels would suck up all the energy from the sun.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Residents at the Woodland Town Council community meeting in North Carolina also claimed the panels would cause cancer and stop plants from growing, according to the Roanoke-Chowan Herald-News.
Councillors were voting on whether to redefine agriculturally designated land for manufacturing so Strata Solar Company could build a solar farm.
Local Bobby Mann said he watched his community “dry up” when the 1-95 was built and worried a solar farm would do the same, before adding it would use up all the sun’s energy.
“You’re killing your town,” he said. “All the young people are going to move out.”
His wife, retired science teacher Jane Mann, feared the proposed solar ranch could thwart photosynthesis and stop plants from growing. She also said no one had proved solar panels didn’t cause cancer.
“I want to know what’s going to happen. I want information. Enough is enough. I don’t see the profit for the town,” she said. “People come with hidden agendas. Until we can find if anything is going to damage this community, we shouldn’t sign any paper.”
Other residents worried the proposed solar farm would hurt housing prices.
Strata Solar Company representative Brent Niemann tried to appease the residents, saying solar panels generate power using sunlight that hits them directly.
“The panels don’t draw additional sunlight,” he said.
But his comments fell on deaf ears. The council voted 3-1 against the proposal and agreed to place a moratorium on future solar farms.
According to NASA, for a solar farm to “suck up all the energy from the sun,” it would have to absorb more than 500 billion horsepower in one second.