Concerned in the Cove

Colfax, NC

#1 Jun 23, 2013
Everyone needs to check out the news article in the WS Journal concerning a possible solar farm just outside of the town limits on Fowler Rd,and ask yourself would you want this in your backyard.
Helen

Clayton, NC

#2 Jun 23, 2013
What are you concerned about in the Cove, not enough poo stirred up for you?

Let's see, a solar farm:

would not smell,
no noise,
no pollution of the water from illegal landfills or fracking
no polluting of the air from burning coal or gas
possibly the largest investment in the Walnut Cove area in recent years
clean, renewable energy for the life of the solar farm
progressive thinking

Sounds like a pretty good neighbor to me.

Perhaps you would rather have a trailer park?
Concerned in the Cove

Mcleansville, NC

#3 Jun 24, 2013
Helen, I am all for clean renewable energy but if you will do your homework you will find that solar is not always as clean as you want. The process to create the cells as well as the batteries creates enough hazardous waste to fill many landfills. Taking a pristine piece of property along a fertile creek bottom and turning into a non-permeable surface that will allow all the sediment to run freely to the creek while displacing many animals and disrupting the ecosystem then I am concerned. As far as the investment in the town then I laugh. Yes there will be some construction workers during construction but that will be about it. After it is completed then the county will see no new revenue as they cannot tax an energy producing facility. Duke Energy pays taxes on the steam station because it was built before the statute changed. I am concerned because my property values have dropped 70,000 since 2007 and every study shows that it will drop further because of the solar farm. Remember it will be an industrial site with little to no employees and no tax revenue and a drain on values.
Plus the initial investment will not be recouped for 25 years so can you imagine what the technology will be then. I suggest putting it in an area where it will affect as little as possible not in a populated area that as a great potential for residential growth.
Fact

Walkertown, NC

#4 Jun 25, 2013
You know they could be developing a money tree farm, and some people would still do nothing but bitch and complain about it. If there is one thing I have learned, is that Walnut Cove is full of whiners who will complain about abosolutely anything. Maybe they will swuitch gears and put a landfill there, that would give you something to complain about.
wtrwlker

Holly Springs, NC

#6 Nov 30, 2013
There already IS a trailer park on Fowler Rd. and they busted a meth lab there this year so YES, I'll take the solar farm every day of the week...

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