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Watch out for solar panels!!!

gavine

Petrol Head turned EV Enthusiast
Apr 1, 2014
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2,224
Philadelphia, PA
Unreal. Thanks for sharing.

It kills me that people use the eyesore excuse against something that can save the world. I just can't get over that. People can save money and the planet by putting solar panels on their roof, but they don't like the way they look so they turn it down.
 

ecarfan

Well-Known Member
Moderator
That report is a bit hard to believe, but hey, this is America, where a large percentage of the adult population thinks the earth is only a few thousand years old.
Quote from the article: "A retired science teacher, Jane Mann, said she was concerned about the rising risk of cancer deaths in the area (despite reports showing that cancer rates in North Carolina have fallen over the 2008 to 2012 period) saying that no one could tell her that solar panels were not causing the cancer.
She was also concerned that photosynthesis would slow due to the solar panels, stopping the plants from growing in the solar farm fields."
I would not describe that woman as a "science teacher". And I feel sorry for all her students.
 

liuping

Active Member
Jul 23, 2013
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San Diego
She was also concerned that photosynthesis would slow due to the solar panels, stopping the plants from growing in the solar farm fields."
Well that is the only thing she was correct about. Plants don't grow well under solar panels.

It's bit like saying don't plant corn, because it prevents wheat from growing in the field. It's true, but not very useful information.
 

ecarfan

Well-Known Member
Moderator
I'm pretty sure that "science teacher" was saying that plants in fields close to the solar panel arrays would suffer, not because the plants were beneath the panels but because they were near the panels.
I really hope that article isn't true and that it's a practical joke of some kind. It's embarrassing to reside in the same country with such ignorance.
 

swaltner

Active Member
Oct 13, 2012
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2,087
Kansas, USA
Showed a friend, who asked if this web site was along the lines of The Onion, i.e. satirical news. Looking at some of the other items posted on their main page, I'm not certain. Hope this is just a joke, but I wouldn't be surprised if it actually was true.

Found an article on snopes about this: North Carolina Town Rejects Solar Panels : snopes.com
 
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CHG-ON

Still in love after all these miles
Never underestimate the ignorance of the American public. And I mean it. Just look at our politics. When I see stuff like this I wonder how it is that we found ourselves as the "world leader". It certainly wasn't because of these idiots. I live in Santa Cruz, CA, known for it's whackos. I literally saw a woman go to a county supervisor's meeting (our local governing body for those outside the US), wearing an aluminum foil hat and urging the Board to allow her to sue her neighbors because their radio waves were trespassing on her property.

I guess you have love a country that can still be successful with this stuff going on!

Though seriously, it pisses me off.
 

stevejust

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Feb 15, 2010
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Dallas, TX

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