Solar energy. Not exactly the most controversial idea in America, but for a town council in North Carolina, a solar energy farm was a bridge too far. And no, this isn’t the Onion pulling a fast one.

Two citizens managed to convince the Woodland Town Council to halt plans for a solar energy farm in northeastern North Carolina. One of the residents, Bobby Mann, said the farm would ‘suck up all the energy from the sun and businesses would not come to Woodland,’ according to the Roanoke-Chowan Herald-News.

You’re right Bobby; businesses will not be coming to Woodland. Thank you for your contribution to the gene pool. Go ahead, jump down that rabbit hole… None of this is actually real brother. It’s the Matrix…

Ok, we have a guy that thinks solar panels will suck up the sun. Can we do better?

Oh, Jane Mann, you had something to say as a retired science teacher? She told the council she feared the panels would halt photosynthesis in the area and prevent plants from growing.

Wait… She was a science teacher? I’m not sure if I should be horrified or if we should allow her to host lectures for fun. She added that no one could tell her that solar panels did not cause cancer. Lady, I don’t think anyone can tell you anything factual.

solar farm rejected in north carolina over conspiracy theories

The town council meeting was on a vote to decide on rezoning agricultural land for manufacturing.

I feel sorry for the Strata Solar Company representative who had to defend solar energy to concerned citizens. Brent Neimann, the company rep at the meeting, actually had to tell the council and attendees solar panels do not draw in additional sunlight.

In the end, the Woodland Town Council shelved the proposal and instituted a moratorium on future solar farms in the area. Yeah, that’ll show ‘em, Woodland. They don’t need your sun destroying solar panels.

People really need to turn off the conspiracy websites from time to time. I love a good conspiracy theory as much as the next person for movie purposes, but damn. Solar panels are destroying the sun? How the hell do you even come up with that?


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