For farmers across America, solar power may spell trouble | Beaufort County Now | Are solar panels destroying the soil?

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Authored by Nathan Worcester via The Epoch Times,

This article is the first in a series on the underreported costs of solar power. American farmers express concerns about being crowded off of their property, the potentially permanent loss of good agricultural soil, and the feasibility of combining large solar installations with farmland or pollinator habitats, among other topics.

“It’s very frustrating to try to protect your farm,” cotton farmer Nancy Caywood told The Epoch Times.

Caywood and her family manage Caywood Farms in rural Casa Grande, Arizona, south of Phoenix in Pinal County. She said they’re under significant pressure to sell their land to large solar companies, which are buying up parcels near their property.

She is also concerned that the land used for solar farms may never be able to be restored to farmland.

Even now, the land her family owns close to the new solar farm is apparently being affected by the massive installation. Caywood’s son Travis measured ambient temperatures on the east end of the family’s farm that were 10 degrees warmer than the rest of the property.


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( January 8th, 2022 @ 5:56 pm )
Only 14 states have state laws creating protections of the taxpayers against solar farms that go bankrupt or try to walk away from their clean up obligations, and North Carolina is NOT one of them. No such protections were included in the Green New Deal HB 951 so taxpayers and local landowners are at the mercy of the solar developers, which usually organize their operations as LLC's with no assets but the solar panels, which at some point become a liability instead of an asset. They are not recyclable and contain toxic substances.

In North Carolina, counties have authority to pass local solar and wind ordinances to protect landowners, citizens, and taxpayers. Beaufort County passed one of the weakest solar ordinances in eastern NC and no wind ordinance at all. Counties are allowed to require a clean up bond when solar or wind developers get their permits approved, but Beaufort County does not require such a bond for either solar or wind. Neighboring Virginia has a state law requiring all counties in that state to set such a bond. Beaufort County citizens are unprotected.

Recently, the Washington Historic District Commission was asked to approve a "solar roof" for a house in the historic district. I have not heard the outcome but hopefully they denied such a hideous eyesore. One thing the Beaufort County solar ordinance does do is require planting a vegetation screen around new solar farms so local people do not have to look at them. That would not be possible for a house with solar panels on its roof.

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