This white paper is a companion piece to our two previous blogs on local permitting (Hodsoll and Maughan). In our local permitting blogs we provided our perspectives on best practices for local permitting and how we engage with the local community. We write this white paper to discuss some of the issues and concerns that are raised by the community during this process.
All of us engaged in the industry have heard the naysayer’s arguments. From the most bizarre – “solar fries birds” and “it sucks up all the sun” – to the reasonable but still misinformed – “solar is expensive and subsidized,” “it will use up all our farmland,” “solar doesn’t work because it can’t provide power at night.” As an industry, we must both respect alternative views and provide accurate information to dispel unfounded concerns. In this white paper, we tackle a comprehensive list of fears and myths.