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Moore County Residents Worry About Solar’s Long-Term Environmental Impacts

State law does not require industrial-scale solar installers to produce plans to pay for removing, cleaning up obsolete facilities

Carolina Journal’s Dan Way takes a fascinating in-depth look at concerns over what will happen when the large number of solar farms reach the end of their useful life.

Julie Morgan saw the environmental hazard in her Moore County hometown created by yesteryear’s textile mill technology, and she saw the industrial materials that supported it.

She hopes the contaminated remnants of the crumbled Robbins Silk Mill lead to preventive studies on what advocates hail as an industry of tomorrow — the solar installation boom.

North Carolina now ranks behind only California for installed solar electric capacity.

Like others, Morgan is worried whether sufficient research has been done on possible harmful materials, substances, and impacts — known or yet to be learned — on the land and water. She decries the lack of state regulations to govern decommissioning of the facilities and the safe disposal of the solar panels after they wear out.

Read Dan’s story here.

Donna Martinez / VP of Marketing and Communications

Donna came to the John Locke Foundation in January 2003 after freelance writing for Carolina Journal and contributing to projects for the North Carolina Education Alliance. He...

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