- Changes to our website.
- Faulty Solar Panels Are Burning Buildings
- Solar Farm Fire Burns 1,127 Acres
- Application for Special Exception Reversed
- CA Agency May Scrap Electric Bus Fleet
- Solar Company Sues over Wind Farm
- Do Utility Companies Have too Much Power and Control?
- Solar farm dispute has neighbors alleging broken promises
- Complaint to U.S. Senator Todd Young
- No One Wants You to Know By Justin Parker
Changes to our website.
We are currently in the process of reformatting certain parts of our website and will be posting Helpful News, Petitions, Regulations, Organizations and Attorney links State by State,
as well as another section containing links to OTHER websites and national or international organizations that are sharing the dangers of solar panels or farms.
Therefore, if ANYONE has information about fights going on in their state, organizations, new regulations, (even if they relate to town zoning boards or state regs) or other helpful websites, please send us a private message on facebook and we will give you an email address where you can send updates that we can place on our website, or you can use the contact form on our website.
We are fighting against the government and major corporations such as Google. We NEED to get united and share as much information as possible, in order to protect our farmland, forests, wildlife and the natural God given beauty of this planet.
Greedy politicians don’t care about us, until it is time for us to vote. During the Obama admin, companies were given permission to KILL Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles, in order to provide GREEN ENERGY.
Last month, it was reported a three-member Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, voted to spend in excess of $1 BILLION, for a new high voltage power line and make 12 other states pay the tab by raising their electric bills.
For those of you that use Google Search engines, maps, YouTube or any other of the 400+ companies owned by Google, you are enabling them to continue investing hundreds of millions of dollars PER YEAR into massive solar power plants all over the world.
So, how do we fight against such massive opponents?
One way is by researching the elected individuals in your town, county and state that have voted for regulation that will permit ANY solar farm to be built around residential neighborhoods, on farmland or in forests. IF you do gather any names, please share them with us, so that we can post that information on our website for the whole world to see. Then we need to unit and vote these people out of office.
We HAVE to expose the people that are allowing these farms to be built. One person can not stop this “takeover of farmland or forestland” but united, we can make a difference.
IF we can unite people into voting against EVERY greedy politician that votes for any regulation that enables solar manufactures, installers, or developers to get governments subsidies, we can then try to replace them with elected officials that CARE about the citizens, home values, farmland and forests.
Another way we can stop these solar farms is by working together to share information. Why should millions of people around the world, spend their own time researching the same information?
Our goal at Stop Solar Farms, is to become a clearing house for an entire world, where people are waking up to suddenly discover some company from another part of the world, is installing thousands or millions of solar panels right outside your living room window?
But in order for us to become that clearing house of information, we need volunteers from across the globe to gather local information such as PHOTOGRAPHS of solar panels of farms that have caught on fire, or muddy waterways due to erosion caused by solar panels on hillsides, or solar panels flying through the air due to high winds from a tornado or hurricane, or sadly, even reports of deaths caused by solar panel fires or storm damage.
Folks, we are in the middle of a war for our land. If we don’t fight together TODAY, we may not have a chance next month. Most towns will hide their zoning regulations until (they think) it is too late.
So, we also need an army of volunteers willing to contact local attorneys willing to file lawsuits against zoning boards, solar developers and possibly even state and federal politicians if we can PROVE they are taking money in return for votes.
I will mention one final way to fight. Since attorneys do not come cheap, we need volunteers experienced and willing to start GoFundMe type accounts to help communities and/or individuals fight back.
These accounts may be used to pay for attorneys OR possibly even to help buy the land where some farmer plans on leasing or selling it for the purpose of a solar farm. However, please be advised, any GoFundMe type account we promote, should be set up so the monies go to an Attorney or a non-profit org.
Faulty Solar Panels Are Burning Buildings
The following information should be a warning to ALL individuals considering living next door to a home with solar panels on their roof, installing solar panels on their own home or allowing any solar farms to be built close to a residential area.
As one homeowner said after a solar panel on his house started a fire, “I caution you on using Tesla or any solar company for that matter as while it can certainly save you money it may potentially cost you much much more. To us our family is way more valuable than any amount of money we would ever save.”
Here at Stop Solar Farms, we have shared multiple articles in the past, with documentation on how , solar panel components have CAUSED fires, as well as addressing the hazards of breathing the smoke from those fires, due to the toxic cancer causing agents contained inside the solar panels.
If 7 out of 248 homes in your town, caught on fire because of gas leaks or arson, how safe would you feel? Did you know that Walmart had solar panels catch on fire on 7 out of 248 stores and one of those solar panels started a fire months after the solar panel was de-energized?
How about if 1 out of 11 homes caught on fire, for the same reason? Would that concern you? Did you know that Amazon had the same brand of solar panels catch on fire on 1 out of 11 of their facilities?
But what if the solar company monitors the solar panels?
About five months after his panels had been removed, one homeowner said he heard from the company that is supposed to be monitoring his solar panels . The homeowner was told his system had been flagged for bad connectors, at which time he responded, “I told them there was no system to maintain because they’d already caused a fire on my roof.”
The solar energy advocates spread tales of solar panels being safe and the National Fire Data Center that keeps statistics on causes of fires within the U.S.A., does not have any records of solar panels causing fires. However FIRES RESULTING FROM SOLAR PANELS ARE NOT DOCUMENTED and are simply classified as "other causes". Fortunately foreign countries such as Germany has documentation of at least 120 FIRES resulting from Solar Panels. The U.K. also has documentation on 80 fires that were started by faulty solar panels, while other countries including Japan have organizations that have investigated fires started by faulty solar panels and/or their components too.
Walmart, Amazon and multiple home owners
all had fires as a result of Tesla Solar Panels.
Walmart alleged in court documents that all 248 of their stores that have the Tesla roof solar panels were at risk of fires.
Walmart originally started having solar panels installed on their buildings in 2010. Beginning as early as 2012, several of those stores began experiencing rooftop fires, but the company had written these off as isolated accidents.
However, a string of three fires in as many months was hard to ignore. Walmart then determined the fires originated in the Tesla solar panels. So Walmart asked Tesla to de-activate all of its Walmart solar panels pending an investigation.
One of the seven Walmart store fires resulted in injuries to multiple firefighters and a store employee, plus millions of dollars in damages. Another fire caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages, leaving the store closed for eight days.
Local news photographs and videos of one store fires showed a tremendous plume of black smoke emerging from flames as firefighters arrived at the scene and as it has been reported in safety articles by firefighting groups, smoke from certain solar panel fires contains hazardous toxic cancer causing agents.
In May 2018, Walmart suffered two blazes just eight days apart, one in Maryland and the other in California.
Walmart says that by May 2018, Tesla agreed to de-energize the solar systems at all 248 Walmart stores. But even that did not prevent at least two more fires, including one fire that took place months after the solar panel system was de-energized.
In the case of one fire that took place after the solar panel system was de-energized, “Wires on the store’s rooftop were still sparking at the time that Walmart discovered the fire and could have ignited more extensive flames, with potentially devastating consequences,” the lawsuit states.
After having de-energized the solar panel systems at all 248 Walmart stores in 2018, Tesla went on to carry out safety inspections in 2019, hoping to find a way to re-energize the rooftop installations.
After inspecting just 29 stores, it found 157 items needing replacement or repair, “48 of which Tesla itself characterized as reflecting conditions that rendered the sites unsafe or potentially unsafe.”
Walmart's own follow-up inspections turned up even more problems.
Among the problems Walmart claims to have identified:
- "Many of the Tesla solar panels inspected by Walmart were suffering from hotspots, resulting in cracking of the back sheets on solar modules and compromising electrical insulation."
- "Making matters worse, Tesla had flagged or identified hotspots by placing pieces of tape over the affected areas. Because this tape prevented sunlight from reaching the solar panel, it exacerbated the problem by further concentrating heat."
- "Tesla teams consistently failed to torque or tighten field-made connectors." "The lack of torqueing leads to moisture and water intrusion."
- "Sharp points—from, among other items, rough concrete or metal edges—were cutting into or abrading wires. In other cases, temperature changes resulted in the expansion and contraction of wires over time, moving the wires and resulting in their abrasion or exposure.
- Multiple sites had improper grounding.
Within 90 days after filing this lawsuit, Walmart and Tesla settled, however there were also several other lawsuits against Tesla, and one of them was from Amazon because of one of their warehouses that contained solar panels from Tesla also caught on fire.
It seems that possibly as much as a year before the lawsuits from Walmart, Amazon and (multiple insurance companies that paid for homeowners losses from Solar Panel fires), Tesla had already discovered faulty parts within their panels and had begun a nationwide operation called “Project Titan,” that would quietly replace defective solar panel parts, such as connectors and optimizers. These are components which regulate the amount of energy and heat that flows to a solar panel which ensures that they don’t overheat, which could easily result in a fire.
It was reported that one of the parts Tesla repaired and/or replaced, was made by a company called Amphenol and it seems this same part was commonly used by a variety of solar panel companies, thus making us wonder how many faulty parts from this particular manufacture are still being used and how many more fires and potential lives are at risk.
Be sure to watch this website for additional investigations on the hidden dangers of solar panels, such as lies told about them withstanding 120 mph winds, when there have been reports of them flying through the air with a 60 mph wind.
We will also be investigating hail damage, solar panels catching on fire while in the water, (electricity and water mixture isn't good), solar power plants killing birds including eagles, solar farms burning over 1,000 acres of land at a time, and the tons of toxic chemicals that will be leached into the ground once they are out of service and thrown in trash heaps instead of recycled.
Solar Farm Fire Burns 1,127 Acres
On June 5, 2019 a California Solar Farm that burned 1,127 acres, caught on fire because of a BIRD.
According to a California Fire Battalion Chief, the birds wings touch multiple electrical conductors at the same time and they turn into a “light bulb”.
He also said, “It happens all the time.”
The solar farm was partially funded by a $1.24-billion loan guarantee from the U.S. Energy Department.
The fire occurred at a solar farm that uses photovoltaic panels, just like the ones on rooftops and some people wonder how safe homes that are located close to solar farms are, when a fire can consume 1,127 acres of land before it can be put out.
We also found out the “National Fire Data Center” keeps statistics on causes of fires however,
fires resulting from Solar Panels are NOT DOCUMENTED. Instead, those fires are classified as “other.”
Are fires that are started by faulty solar panels, being hidden from citizens of the U.S.A. by the press or the government? We know there is an organization in the UK that is documenting the solar panel components that have been proven to cause fires, but have not found any such documentation within the U.S.A. yet. That is a question we are currently investigating.
Application for Special Exception Reversed
On August 24,2021, a special judge, Judge Kim Hall, for the Pulaski County, Indiana, Superior Court , reversed the Pulaski County Board of Zoning Appeals’ approval of Mammoth Solar’s application for special exception (application). The exemption filed was for a large commercial solar development spanning more than 4,500 acres of agricultural farmland. Several neighboring property owners initiated a judicial review proceeding before Judge Hall in an effort that successfully reversed the BZA’s approval of the Application.
One of the key factors leading to the judge’s decision was the fact that the Solar Company had not provided a fire and safety plan that is clearly required by Pulaski County’s Uniform Development Act. The Board of Zoning Appeals had agreed to let this information be provided after the approval was granted. The judge reversed the exception appoval and sent the matter back to the BZA. Only after a complete application is provided by Mammoth Solar, can the matter proceed to public hearing.
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CA Agency May Scrap Electric Bus Fleet
A California transit official said electric buses manufactured by Proterra are melting in the California heat.
Busses melting?? And one caught fire while it was charging! Besides that, the buses are just too expensive to repair. Imahine that!
All these problems in CA, BUT Biden is still allocating BILLIONS of dollars to expand electric vehicle charging stations.
Like people are going to traves 100 miles (if they can get that far) and then stop to charge the vehicle for several hours.
Metropolatian areas may go for the electric vehicles, but . . . folks in the real USA will not!
To see the rest of this article, click HERE
Solar Company Sues over Wind Farm
The MA based Vineyard Wind LLC, is planning an 800-megawatt wind farm 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard.
Since "no offshore wind turbine that exists today can survive a Category 3 or greater Atlantic hurricane," The damage caused to wind turbines would create “catastrophic leaking of oil and contaminants into the marine environment” that would endanger all marine life including endangered Sea Turtles and Right Whales.
The projects approval was also “condemned by the fishing industry, which raised concerns about the project's impact on fish stocks and vessel traffic.”
To see more information, click HERE
Do Utility Companies Have too Much Power and Control?
Nebraska Power Company will Spend $651 Million For Gas Power as Backup For a $397 Million Solar Plant. This could cost the county $975 Million in lost taxable valuation and result in 4,700 fewer housing units and 11,175 fewer residents and the county may not be able to stop the utility company from building the new solar and gas plants.
The post below was written by Dave Begley and posted on his FB page and on the Saunders County Community FB page.
The Omaha Public Power District is looking to have 500 acres of Nebraska farmland removed from food production for expensive and unreliable solar.
This case really shows how slick the solar developers are. They are organized. The opponents were not able to organize until the last minute.
I won the argument at the Planning Commission level, but the leader of the opponents wanted to hire a Lincoln lawyer for the County Board meeting.
I was able to speak, for a short time, to the Board and made the strongest legal argument which is that the County's own zoning regulations would not allow the granting of the conditional use permit because an industrial solar facility is not in harmony with farms, houses and a cemetery.
The County Board completely ignored its own regulations. In the OWH story, one of the Board members admitted that they wanted the $300k per year in extra tax money. That's the strongest tool (in addition to the appeal for "renewable" energy) that the proponents can make.
I don't know if the opponents will take this case to court, but I think they certainly should.
One of the most interesting things here is that the entire Board is Republicans (the anti-slave party). I really expected better things from them as this permit is clearly contrary to law.
The article Solar farm approved with many conditions attached is completely biased as it totally ignores the best legal argument, that is, the conditional use permit is in violation of section 7.03(5) of the Saunders County zoning regulations.
In other words, this vote was lawless. I expected the all-GOP Board to follow the Rule of Law.
Laughable that Saunders County could get bought off for just $300k per year. Artificial turf for Yutan HS? Ha! What a waste of money.
The important point here is that solar power is so unreliable that backup power MUST be built. A total waste of money.
"At the Saunders County Board hearing regarding Platteview Solar, we heard in passing that OPPD is building two *standby* natgas facilities in Douglas County.
In the Order of the Nebraska Power Review Board dated December 4, 2020, it is disclosed that OPPD will spend $651 million in order to provide backup for the 400 mw in solar that OPPD is planning on building.
These two peaking plants "are typically called upon a relatively small number of days per year."
Order at 12. The Order also states that "solar generating facilities are normally accredited in the 60 to 70 percent range in the summer, and almost zero during winter." Order at 9. Yup, ZERO.
Restated, your consumer-owned OPPD is purchasing expensive and unreliable solar power and has to spend an *extra* $651 million because of the OPPD Board's belief in the Global Warming religion.
We all pay the price for the decades of mismanagement at OPPD.
It sure is easy to spend other people's money; especially when there is no accountability."
By: Dave Begley
Saunders County planners vote against proposed solar farm
Solar farm approved with many conditions attached
OPPD Plans Natural Gas Plant Along Fairview Road
We included links to news articles, relating to this solar development. They give some background to this story but no article goes into enough details, as if the press does not want the general public to know too much information.
This seems to be a typical policy in America where the Internet Search Engines, News Media and even many Government Officials seem to be hiding certain information from the citizens of our country. That is why we are encouraging the PEOPLE to stand up and speak up. Expose the corruption and dirty secrets.
For example, we have discovered that some solar developers are paying up to $50,000 to people living next door to solar developments in order for them to NOT complain about the solar panels next door. One of the problems with these agreements is an attachment, is placed on the property so that even future owners of the land can not complain or it will cost them $$$$.
Now, we would challenge you to name any other industry that PAYS people not to complain about products that are installed in your community. Doesn’t it make you wonder just what they are hiding?
If you have an article exposing problems with solar developments, please share it with us, so that we can let others discover the real problems with having solar developments next to residential neighborhoods and destroying crop producing land.
Solar farm dispute has neighbors alleging broken promises
Somewhere in between, the language specifying that Southern Sky Renewable Energy’s solar farm and the neighbors homes would be separated by “substantial screening” — what Laprocina and Hodge said was an agreed upon eight-foot wall of evergreens to help reduce wind and noise — was removed.
Instead of the eight-foot wall of evergreens, after the project was approved, Southern Sky planted one-to-two foot tall rhododendrons.
To read the article, click on the following link: Broken Promises
Complaint to U.S. Senator Todd Young
U.S. Senator Todd Young
Thank you for responding, but we have been waiting 8 months since you sent your "reply" stating Senator Young was "looking into the issue I recently presented to him" regarding Industrial solar farms surrounding homes, starting fires and leaking toxic cancer causing chemicals into our ground water.
During that time, Orion Renewables has expanded from developing TWO solar projects in our county, each one removing over 1,000 acres of farm land. Now they are working on 4 additional projects in the same county, plus projects in other counties within the state.
Unlike some politicians, I have not been sitting idle. I am organizing citizens to fight back against the solar and wind industry as well as against elected officials that are taking money and campaign donations from fake green energy companies.
One of the area's we are fighting against is allowing energy companies, (Vectren or Country Mark) to build Industrial Solar Developments, (not farms) on agricultural land without having to get permission from or abide by local zoning regulations, as they did in Troy, Indiana.
Another area that is being neglected is the erosion that is being caused and no one, not the USDA District Conservationist, County Surveyor, nor anyone from the state or fed has investigated the drainage from these solar plants that are letting the erosion from their fields, drain into the local rivers. Hell, we even have the county seat of Spencer County ADMIT to the newspapers that raw sewage is being dumped into the Ohio river and has been for several years, in spite of them having received a mandate to stop it.
All of this crap being allowed to seep into local wells, ditches and rivers is AGAINST federal laws, yet no one seems to be paying attention, or trying to stop it. Much like the election fraud that was "allowed" to take place, so this country could be destroyed, yet Republicans didn't have the b*lls to stand up and fight back. Now we are all paying the price.
So, basically, thanks for nothing. You guys are worthless and until someone stands up and fights for us, the conservative citizens of America, I will NEVER vote for another lying, ineffective, money grubbing incumbent elected official in my life and I am using the 30+ websites I own, to encourage others to follow my lead.
No One Wants You to Know By Justin Parker
I feel I need to make one very important statement that a lot of appointed and elected officials and most everyday people may be overlooking. The promise of millions of dollars in economic development and growth by an industrial solar project is not what it is portrayed as being.
This money is not new money OR additional money. Prime farm ground will be taken out of production. This means all of the local businesses that support the farming industry will LOSE money which we know will have a downward spiraling affect on sales, income, jobs, etc.
When we talk about removing 2,000-4,000 acres of prime farm ground for each project then we are damaging Bunge, POET, Shelby County Co-op, Premier Ag, Fischer Seeds, Gray Seeds, Helena, Flat Rock Ag, Kuhn Tiling, Southern Indiana Irrigation, Nutrien, Kokomo Grain, Smooth Stone Excavation and Tiling, Farm Bureau, XPerience Ag, Shelby Farm Supply, Sullivan Feed Supply, State Farm and more. This results in people who reside and spend their money in Shelby County being laid off, losing wages and benefits and more. Is this how we should be treating our residents and businesses that call Shelby County home? These are the most important aspects that should be considered that I don’t hear mentioned.
In the end Shelby County will not have new or additional money coming in. The money will be replaced by robbing Shelby County businesses and residents to give out-of-state green energy investors a place to set up shop so they can collect their tax credits. I’m not so sure that all of the money will be replaced and it’s my opinion there will be less money than what we started with because there are so many bills being pushed through our state legislature right now that will keep county governments from collecting money from these projects. That’s it, that’s the bottom line, but no one wants you to know it.
The first solar project got rushed through. We better wisen up as a county and see what’s coming down the pipe before we damage ourselves beyond repair.
Renewable Energy Storage Systems Literally Setting The World On Fire
These giant batteries would be built using the Lithium technology that Tesla is already using for their electric cars.
It has been reported that there really isn’t a good way to fight a fire caused by an electric car battery explosion an fire. When asked how to extinguish this type fire, one firefighter replied, “...like a Tesla or something? The answer is you can’t. You cordon off the area, and spray a fine mist of water on the fire to try to keep the temperature down until it finishes burning. Takes a few days until it is safe”.
There are reports that the more that a battery is recharged, then depleted, and this cycle continues, the greater the risk that the battery could be a fire hazard. This is believed to be the cause of lithium battery fires in South Korea.
“Raising serious concerns about the safety of battery storage, investigators into the alarming spate of lithium-ion battery fires in South Korea said one of the primary causes was the practice of using nearly the full charging and discharging battery capacity on a daily basis—a pattern that can roughly correspond with plans by U.S. operators to use storage to shift wind and solar generation to the evening periods of peak demand.” South Korea has had 23 of these battery fires over a year-and-a-half time period.
A global engineering firm investigating these fires confirmed that the constant practice of going from close to zero percent charge to 100 percent charge then back to close to zero percent on a daily basis caused wear and tear on the system that lead to the failures in the battery cells that caused the fires.
We would most probably experience the same results here in America.
Lithium is highly flammable and is the literally the lightest metal. There are only two elements with lower atomic numbers on the periodic table are both gasses. Lithium is so light that it floats on water. That means that it will sit on water and continue to burn.
The fumes from burning Lithium is highly toxic. It can cause death or brain damage that can be compared to dementia. Anyone near this type of fire or in the path of the smoke plume could be in danger. Firefighters near solar panels or these large batteries need specialized training of how to respond and also need the appropriate equipment.
To read more about this frightening situation that the “pro” solar “farms” individuals would promote, click here
To check out a second article, click here
After 30 years of failed Climate Politics, let’s try Science!
"Each year the climate propaganda campaign has grown larger. Much of this was directed by people seeking to use climate change as a means to gain power and achieve large-scale social change.
At some point, it overshadowed the science, and much of the news became misrepresentations and exaggerations of the science – or outright fiction.
Critics were often met with personal invective. This is like the American tourist in France who speaks English slowly and loudly, hoping to be understood.
Now the climate change campaign has gone full ClownWorld: Greta Thunberg is TIME’s Person of the Year. A 16-year-old who parrots what she has been told.
Parliaments pretend to take her seriously. Climate activists believe we should learn from her.
I and others have documented the rising tide of climate propaganda. Here are a few examples."
To read more, click HERE
Wind and Solar Potentially Aren't Climate Cure-Alls
One of the big problems facing renewable energy, our biggest usage times for energy is in the evening when we cook dinner and watch TV, after the sun goes to bed. Or on overcast days when we stay inside and want to use electrical apparatuses.
Another issue is that in the northern hemisphere when the earth is angled away from the sun, we don’t get the production we need to heat our homes. To meet our needs, we need to have a back up energy solution. At this point, natural gas, nuclear power and hydro power seem to be the cleanest options.
Besides being unreliable, solar and wind use so much land, land that could be producing crops the feed the world, that is now sitting with products that will end up leaching toxic chemicals into our land and water, and that will end up in landfills.
“A study by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change found that to replace Hinkley Point C, a nuclear power plant in Somerset, it would require 130,000 acres of solar farms or 250,000 acres of onshore wind farms, an area roughly the size of Hong Kong.
Considering that Hinkley Point C takes up just 450 acres, the alternatives require between 280-550 times more space for the same capacity.“
To read this entire article, click here
Food vs Fuel
A farmer who lives nearby said, “The sheer size is community-changing. It will have a massive impact - as an industry we need to ask why this area of quality land should be covered in solar panels?”
“...solar panels were better suited to brownfield sites, buildings and rooftops – not agricultural land, which should be used for food production.”
A professor who is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society, made the comment, “Land is finite, and whatever you use it for there are trade-offs."
“Sometimes these trade-offs are acceptable and sometimes they are not."
“I have a particular concern about food security – the Sunnica proposal is for land that is very productive.”
To read the entire article, click here
Moreau, NY, Planning Board wants farmland protected from solar panels
The Town Board doesn’t like the phrase, “banning solar panels on prime farmland.” They think it is too restrictive.
The Planning Board, on the other hand, doesn’t think it is restrictive enough. They think every acre of farmland is valuable, prime soils or not, and that the comprehensive plan should be amended to emphasize farmland protection.
They will be meeting in the future to discuss these opposing views.
To read the article, click here
North Carolina Lawmakers Warn of Solar Farm Cleanup Costs
A spokesperson for the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association admitted that NO state has a solar decommissioning regulation.
A Department of Environment and Natural Resources spokesperson said solar solid waste is “an issue we are becoming aware of” as solar projects boom, likely due to the tax credit. The DENR also acknowledged concerns about the disposal of millions of pounds of solar panels, a number that is expected to increase by three to four-fold, plus.
The DENR officials stated that they “don’t have the data yet” on effects of herbicides sprayed on the solar farms to keep weeds and grass from blocking the panels, or how to return land to productive use once solar projects are removed.
To read the entire article, click here
The Real Reason You Don't Hear Neighbors Complain About Solar Farms
There have been reports of Solar Developers paying individuals as much as Fifty Thousand Dollars to keep quiet and not complain about having a Solar Development built in the neighborhood.
This is NOT just rumor.
The document below is a copy of the EXACT document being used in Wisconsin.
As we are able to obtain additional documents, we will be sharing them also.
This Neighbor Agreement (the “Agreement”) is made as of this ___ day of ___________,
2020 (the “Effective Date”), by and between ONION RIVER SOLAR, LLC, a Wisconsin limited liability company (“Onion River”) and *****
1. Owner owns the residential property located at ****, identified by Parcel Identification Number 000000000 (the “Property”).
2. Onion River intends to study, develop and use certain property identified by Parcel Identification Number 00000000000 (the “Project Property”), which Project Property is adjacent to the Property, for a solar project (collectively, the “Project”).
3. Owner has agreed to cooperate with Onion River’s development, construction, and operation of the Project in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth herein.
4. The Owner is eligible for this Agreement because Onion River, LLC has determined that the Project Property is located on two or more sides of the Owner’s residential Property.
NOW, THEREFORE, the parties agree as follows:
1. Cooperation. Owner shall fully support and cooperate with Onion River’s development, construction, and operation of the Project, including in Onion River’s efforts to obtain from any governmental authority or any other person or entity any environmental impact review, permit, entitlement, approval, authorization, or other rights necessary or convenient in connection with the Project. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, in connection with any application by Onion River for a governmental permit, approval, authorization, entitlement or other consent related to the Project, Owner agrees not to oppose, in any way, whether directly or indirectly, any such application or approval at any administrative, judicial, or legislative level.
2. Consideration. All terms in this Section 2 shall be subject to Owner complying with this Agreement. Onion River shall pay Owner a signing payment of Two Thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($2,000.00) within 45 days after the Effective Date. Within 45 days of the date when Onion River begins construction of vertical improvements for the Project and is diligently pursuing construction of the Project (such date being the “Construction Commencement Date”), Onion River shall pay Owner a one-time additional payment of Fifteen Thousand Dollars and 00/100 ($15,000.00).
3. Merger. This Agreement, including any exhibits attached hereto, contains the entire agreement between the parties in connection with any matter mentioned or contemplated herein, and all prior or contemporaneous proposals, agreements, understandings and representations, whether oral or written, are merged herein and superseded hereby. No modification, waiver, amendment, discharge or change of this Agreement shall be valid unless the same is in writing and signed by the party against whom the enforcement thereof is sought
4. Confidentiality. Owner shall hold in confidence all information related to this Agreement and the Project (collectively, the “Confidential Information”). Owner shall not use any such Confidential Information for its own benefit, publish or otherwise disclose such Confidential Information to others, or permit the use of such Confidential Information by others for their benefit or to the detriment of Onion River. Owner may disclose Confidential Information to brokers, accountants and attorneys so long as such parties agree to not disclose the Confidential Information.
5. Attorney’s Fees and Costs. Each party shall be responsible for their own costs and attorneys’ fees in the event there is a dispute over this Agreement.
6. Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Wisconsin.
7. Counterparts. It is anticipated that this Agreement will be executed in counterparts. This Agreement will, therefore, be binding upon each of the undersigned upon delivery to counsel for the parties of two or more counterparts bearing all required signatures.
8. Successors and Assigns. All provisions of this Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of Onion River and Owner, and their respective successors, assigns, heirs, and personal representatives. Onion River may freely assign its rights and obligations under this Agreement without Owner’s prior written consent; provided, however, that any such assignee is an owner or operator of the Project.
(Signatures on following page)
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have caused this Agreement to be executed and delivered by their duly authorized representatives as of the Effective Date.
ONION RIVER SOLAR, LLC, a Wisconsin limited liability company
Printed Name: *****
Campbell County, VA, 1200 Acre Solar Project
Besides that, there have been 26 notices of violations.
Residents are filing complaints against the county, Dept of Transportation and Dept of Environmental Quality over the road conditions in the area. The road used for trucks going to the construction site has potholes, the shoulders are damaged and the road is constantly muddy.
The Environmental Manager stated that the size of the project is probably to blame. The project is on 1,200 acres of land and about 600 to 700 acres will become a solar field.
"The Virginia erosion and sediment control regulations are approximately 30-years-old. They are only designed to be 60% effective when they are installed correctly, so going back to the scale and size of a project, when our erosion and sediment control laws were written and adopted they weren’t thinking about hundreds of acres being disturbed at one time” Stokes said. “When these folks see what’s happening in their back yards or front yards, I can understand why they may think, ‘well the county isn’t doing anything about it,’ but when our regulations and laws are structured to only be at a 60% efficiency, then that’s 40% that’s allowed."
Since this Solar Farm Construction Project was issued "DOZENS of violations and stop-work orders," Yet they continue to move forward on their construction. This is a typical example of Solar Developers and their out of town construction crews not caring about the local communities or property. We NEED to stop this crap from destroying our small towns and rural communities, all in order to line a few pockets with extra greenbacks.
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Lead in Perovskite Solar Cells
This is an interesting study concerning the environmental impact of lead in perovskite solar cells, a photovoltaic technology that has attracted significant attention recently owing to its excellent performance and promise of lower cost compared to conventional and other alternatives. It is of note because it explores the impact on plants of the use of lead in such solar cells and provides evidence that this is something that should be considered with great care.
Prof Christos Markides, Head of the Clean Energy Processes (CEP) Laboratory in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, said:
“Concerns relating to the widespread deployment of lead-based perovskite solar cells have been raised for some time, given that these toxic materials are soluble in water, so contamination can lead to environmental but also health issues once they enter the food chain.
“I would consider it a bold assumption that the entire lead content of a solar panel is being dispersed to the ground below, however the study demonstrates that we may need to conduct further testing to fully understand the impact of these materials on our environment, especially over large areas and long periods of deployment. In parallel to this, research into (lead-free) tin-based perovskite solar cells has been on-going to provide alternatives, but these have not yet shown the level of performance achieved with lead. In either case, non-trivial stability issues remain that act to limit the lifetime of such panels. With the growing need and continuing trend to secure our energy from renewable sources, and especially given the important role of solar energy, it is vital that further research is done on these and other technologies to overcome challenges and to ensure that these are affordable, safe and sustainable."
‘We should be worried about lead in halide perovskites’ by Junming Li et al. was published in Nature Communications at 4pm UK TIME on Tuesday 21 January 2020.