If you have been in contact with the solar people, whether in person or by phone, and would be willing to share what they have said to you, we would love to hear from you. You can send it anonymously here .
The disaster that happened in East Palestine, OH was terrible. Lives and businesses have been disrupted. Luckily, no lives were lost, but what about that smoke? Did you watch as that plume went up and then slowly spread out? What impact will that have to surrounding areas? Especially in the years to come. Do we want to take the chance?
Solar claims that fires are rare, but there are more and more happening all the time. (I'll talk more on that later) All it takes is one time to cause irreparable damage in our area. Can you imagine acres of solar panels burning? Solar claims they are safe, but what about all those toxins that would go into the air if they catch on fire. I am sure most residents in East Palestine thought nothing would happen like this. Down in Millvale, PA, just outside of Pittsburgh, PA, it took firefighters 6 - 7 hours to contain a solar roof top battery fire until a solar official arrived to take care of the fire. East Palestine only burned for 3 hours. Look at the pictures below (taken from same location) and see how fast that smoke was traveling in less than 45 minutes. And that smoke plume was about 10 miles away!
It is not just as simple as putting water on the fire to put it out. Florida Power and Light Solar said, "you want to preserve the property but there’s always the risk for electrocution, damaging expensive equipment so those are the things you are concerned about" Source How long will our fire department have to "control" the fire until the trained solar officials arrive to take care of it.
Do you want to take the chance with your families health? Sadly, the residences of East Palestine did not have the option that would allow or not allow trains with toxins to run through their town, but, do you think they would be willing to take that chance now if they were given mutiple thousands of dollars. All the money in the world will not do us any good if we are dying or even dead or worse, have to watch our loved ones die.
We, as a community, need to unite and show solar they are not wanted here. Our goal is to keep you updated on what is currently happening. The best thing you can do now, is share this website with your family and friends so they, too, will know what is going on. We need you to get the word out to our community so they know the true impact of industrial solar.
Did you get your post card in the mail? I got mine. Do you wonder why they are trying to contact residents individually? They claim they want to know our "thoughts" on solar? Didn't they already hear our thoughts at the township meetings?
They think they can convince us there is nothing to worry about.
If they are so great, wouldn't we be begging them to choose our township?
Didn't you hear us the first few times?
NO INDUSTRIAL SOLAR IN NORTH BEAVER TOWNSHIP!
Driving down the road, I saw a sign along the road by a land owner, "Made in the USA". Is it really??? Yes, the sun may be generated in the USA, BUT, what did it take to get them here?
First, you need the rare minerals? Nearly all--75-100%—of rare earth elements needed for production of solar panels are imported. As of 2020 China is the largest miner of rare earth minerals. Source
China produces 80% of the solar panels. Over the past decade, China has grown to dominate the global solar panel manufacturing industry. Source
Does this sound like "Made in the USA"?
Thought you didn't have to worry about industrial solar taking over our farmlands? Well, they are back! They may be offering a “good neighbor” agreement to those who will be surrounding the proposed industrial solar fields. In other words, they are offering them money so they don't publicly oppose the project.
In Greene County, Ohio, a solar company offered 65 residential homeowners with property immediately next to the solar site a “good neighbor agreement,” or financial compensation between $7,500 and $25,000, on the condition "they not publicly oppose" the project. The homeowner would receive $1,000 on signing, followed by a larger sum once construction is set to begin. To read more about this go here.
What does this sound like? Definition of a bribe: money or a present that you give to someone so they will do something for you.
If this was really a "good neighbor" policy, then wouldn't they be offering all residents affected by the solar sites money regardless if they oppose or not? And they are only giving up to $25,000? That equates to less than $1000 a year for the inconvenience of the construction, the unsightliness of panels for the next 20+ years and the decrease in value to their property. Now why would we want to trust a company like that?