Q&A: North Carolina researchers confront health fears about solar

Southeast Energy News: As large-scale solar projects have proliferated across North Carolina, some critics have pushed back with a surprising critique: photovoltaic panels, while beloved by environmental advocates, are a danger to public health.

More than a half-dozen eastern counties have banned, delayed or restricted solar farms in part for that reason, while state lawmakers have threatened new onerous requirements.

“Without a required decommissioning and a bond to secure it, huge swaths of land could become riddled with dead solar panels,” Rep. Chris Millis (R-Pender) told the conservative Carolina Journal this spring.

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