Energy and Thermal Physics

Sucking the sun dry

Stories from Physics for 11-14 14-16 IOP RESOURCES

The Independent newspaper reported that residents of Woodland, North Carolina rejected plans for the construction of solar power plant near their town. The paper claims that, at a town council meeting, a local man expressed concerns that the solar panels would “suck up all the energy from the sun”, harming local business. It is reported that a local retired science teacher, Jane Mann, worried that the construction of the farm would prevent plants in the area photosynthesising. Mann had noted that plants located close to solar panels turned brown and died.


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