Fearful residents rejected the rezoning plan out of fear that solar panels might suck up all the suns energy. (Thinkstock) The Woodland Town Council rejected a proposal to rezone a section of land that the Strata Solar Company would have used to create a solar farm. Only one councilman voted in favor of the solar farm, while three others rejected it after listening to public concerns. A retired science teacher named Jane Mann spoke out saying she was concerned that the solar panels would cause nearby plants to die,saying she had seen brown plants near some existing panels. She also expressed her personalbelief that solar panels were causing cancer among the community. Another resident named Bobby Mann said he was concerned the solar farms would suck up all the energy from the sun and drive new business away, according to the paper. One longtime resident, Mary Hobbs, said that the only people profiting from the solar farms were the landowners who sold their plots, the energy companies and the solar companies. Since the proposed location of the farm is outside town limits, the town itself would only get around $7,000 per year that would be used to train firefighters in the case of a Strata malfunction. Representatives from the company addressed the townspeoples theories, saying that the panels dont draw additional sunlight, and calling the use of solar energy tried and true technology that doesnt use toxic material.
Since the 1989 Valdez oil spill, the company has spent more than $3.8 billion to clean up the area, and the company now claims to take actions to preserve biodiversity. Building solar power infrastructure requires large capital expenditures at a time when economies are contracting. All but three of the sources on the following list, however, ultimately depend on the first, solar energy. A strategic location and regular maintenance will keep your solar panels at peak efficiency. Department of Treasury Renewable Energy Grants provide awards for eligible facilities to create a solar energy business. Instead, they gradually break down. SunPower sells and installs solar panels at businesses and homes, allowing you to generate a portion of your home’s electricity entirely off the grid. And it can be used as an educational opportunity, a conversational opportunity to advance the concept of sustainability or prosperity in our world.
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