A town in North Carolina has rejected a solar farm, in part, over fears that the panels were crowding out sunlight and suffocating vegetation.
Brent Niemann, a representative for the company, was quick to point out, however, that solar panels don't attract sun rays away from surrounding vegetation.
"The panels don't draw additional sunlight," he said, according to an account of the meeting by the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald .
He added that no toxic materials are on the solar farm sites and called the panels "tried and true technology."
Still, residents railed against the project proposal as something that would squeeze the life out of the town in other ways, as well as pull down property values. Under pressure, the council voted in favor of a complete moratorium on the solar farms.