Town rejects plan for solar farm, fearing it may 'suck up all the energy from the sun'

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A town in North Carolina has rejected plans to rezone land for a solar farm after residents voiced their fears that it would cause cancer, stop plants from growing, and "suck up all the energy from the sun."

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Among those who voiced concerns about the proposed plan was retired science teacher Jane Mann, who claimed the solar ranch could hinder photosynthesis and stop plants from growing-- also adding that no one could tell her solar panels didn't cause cancer.Bobby Mann, Jane's husband, claimed that the solar farm would "suck up all the energy from the sun and businesses would not come to Woodland." Strata Solar Company representative Brent Niemann addressed these concerns, assuring the meeting that the only sunlight used would be that which fell on the panels directly. Apparently, this rational had no effect on the Woodland Town Council, who, instead of simply turning down the proposal, voted to put a moratorium on future solar farms in the area.

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