The town of Woodland, North Carolina is in the focus this week after refusing an offer to rezone a division of land just outside its limits for the use of a solar farm. Three solar farms have already got approval in the area, but the local people are apparently not impressed. The council overpowered the motion for the rezoning of a portion of lands on US Highway 258 for an extra solar farm after a public comment period, where members of the town can give their views. A retired science teacher, Jane Mann, said she was worried about the increasing risk of cancer deaths in the area (regardless of reports presenting that cancer rates in North Carolina have dropped over the 2008 to 2012 period) saying that no one might tell her that solar panels were not producing the cancer.
He also reasoned that solar farms would suck up all the energy from the Sun, and new industries would not come to Woodland at all.
Unfortunately, this dislike of solar is not new. TheNew York Times informed in 2011 that when Oradell, New Jersey began placing solar panels on power poles, many people of the town were unhappy. Residents were also reported as calling the solar panels "horrible" or "ugly", and said they were concerned about their property worth falling because of it.
Optimistically, with better experience and better education, we can outline the positives of having solar panels mounted in both big cities and country towns. We don't want another disaster like this Wind Turbine Syndrome travesty.