More research needed on industrial solar panels

Published: 03/11/2022 16:00:43 Modified: 03/11/2022 16:00:11 Not all industrial solar panels are a big “sunny” thing. Big solar co...

Published: 03/11/2022 16:00:43

Modified: 03/11/2022 16:00:11

Not all industrial solar panels are a big “sunny” thing. Big solar companies such as Nexamp are offering ‘too good to be true’ incentives for landowners to lease their land and build a solar ‘farm’ to capture the sun’s energy so they can do ‘good’. ! We’re near a 30-acre solar array in Conway on what was once forested land, and our experience is not a “clean energy” story with a happy ending.

Imagine an isolated forest, thriving with microclimates and rare, declining and endangered species of plants and animals. Suddenly they are all gone, killed or displaced. No one knew about them, and no one ever will, because they weren’t documented there at the time when it came to industrial solar development, or because it seemed good to cut at white for the sake of “clean energy”. .” Once the land was stripped of trees and stumps, valuable carbon sequestration ended and erosion washed away nearby wetlands. On the high rock ledges, holes have been drilled into large mossy boulders for solar panels and fencing. A diesel generator ran 24/7 for eight months to control the temperature of industrial batteries on site while the plant was under construction.

My family, neighbors and any nearby wildlife have endured the low and high frequency sounds of this facility for over a year and a half. Our city government and Nexamp told us that “you won’t hear or see anything”. Wrong! From the constant hum of diesel generators to the “jake brakes” of tractor-trailers to the disastrous power distribution after grid commissioning with surges and blackouts, then “poor power quality” pumped out of the site and in our homes, there has been one disaster after another. Poor power quality equals dirty electricity; just Google. How many other people have gone through what we are facing or will go through?

New England is warming faster than any other place on the planet, according to David Abel’s December 30 Boston Globe article. I have contacted many prestigious universities and shared my concern, as no studies have been done or published in New England on how these giant solar panels are impacting the climate in our backyards. A professor from Boston University wants to work with me to start studies. Interestingly, all of the studies done on industrial solar installations in deserts indicate that they heat up the temperature of the ambient air around them, much like an industrial power plant would. Google “heat island effect for industrial solar” and find out, it’s very concerning.

We need more study in New England before allowing money-hungry corporations to develop as much land as possible for the “clean energy” image. Municipal governments hungry for PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) money should be aware of the potential risks to human and environmental health. Citizens deserve to know the truth about what is happening to the climate and to physical and mental health as a result of industrial solar.

Eversource has shut down Nexamp’s solar array in Conway since January 14, due to “dirty electricity” or harmonic distortion entering our homes. I spent hours on the phone with customer service, electricians, senior supervisors, engineers and technicians. I spent hours losing sleep and researching industrial solar and its impacts. This process has been exhausting and emotionally draining. It opened my eyes to what can go wrong and I want other people to know what we went through.

I’m pro-solar, but not when it comes to eliminating hundreds and thousands of acres of undeveloped land that helps maintain Earth’s climate balance. To be true “clean energy,” solar energy must be installed on already developed areas, not on forests and grasslands that help regulate our climate and provide shelter for wildlife.

I turn my anger, sadness, shock and disgust at what happened in my neighborhood into an effort to prevent more giant ovens from being built without proper regulations in place. Our children deserve a future with forests and grasslands, not industrial solar installations that cover the earth like a patchwork of plastic, metal and toxic chemicals that fuel climate change when not done thoughtfully. .

Devlin Selman lives in Conway and is an organic gardener and landscaper in the valley.

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