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Is It Dangerous to Live Near a Solar Farm?

When looking for your dream house, you will start to consider many things that most people may never even know about. Many people will tell you never to buy a house near a solar farm in fear of it being dangerous or causing sicknesses.

Living near a solar farm is not dangerous and is one of the safest ways of generating electricity that we know of. There will be no negative effects on you or anyone you love when living near or even on a solar farm, with the only difference to a normal house is that your power may be eco-friendly.

People have many misconceptions about solar power, and understanding each one is important for developing technology. Because it can be so strange and mystical, solar power’s myths have grown almost out of hand, with many people making impossible claims.

 

Why Do People Think Solar Farms Are Dangerous?

People assume that because it is a way of generating power, there has to be something bad produced by the solar farm. It is thought that this connection has been made because more traditional power production, such as coal power plants, are dangerous to live next to.

However, solar farms have none of these dangers and will only ever produce electricity, with most solar farms recycling solar panels as they age. Further, because the power is produced from the sun, there is no waste, no trucks driven, and only a few people have to be on site.

The myths that solar farms are dangerous are usually started by those afraid of new technologies or simply trying their best to spread false information. We know this because we have lived next to solar farms and have not experienced any of the negative effects often discussed. See how they work.

 

What Is Bad About Solar Farms?

The location of solar farms and the amount of space required are the only negative sides to solar farms. Because they need to be spread out over large areas, they may take up several blocks of space, making a giant area where nothing but solar panels and tufts of grass are growing.

Further, if you live somewhere where a solar farm is being planned, you may need to buckle up and be ready for the noise. While a completed solar farm sees little to no traffic, several trucks and other equipment will come from the farm while under construction.

However, both of these are negligible and with time will pass, or you will become used to them as you get comfortable in your house. The construction will eventually end, and the only thing remaining will be the solar farm providing clean energy to your city.

 

Common Myths About Living Next to A Solar Farm

Now that we know the truths about solar farms and what might be bad about them, we need to take a closer look at some of the most common myths. These are the things propagated through message groups, unresearched articles, and general ignorance of the subject matter.

Each of these has been used by people to try and discourage the development of solar farms, with many not realizing the mistakes they are making. Further, most of these can easily be dissproven when speaking to an engineer that knows the field of solar power.

Causing Cancer

This is closely linked with the most dangerous other myth that surrounds the world of solar power, the confusion of electromagnetic radiation. Not only does a solar farm not cause cancer, but the chances are also extremely unlikely that they produce even a trace amount of this type of radiation.

The misinformation started because people hear the word radiation and automatically assume that it is terrible. However, every radio, every phone, every router, and every lightwave forms a part of electromagnetic radiation; it is just the name given to the waveforms of light that we use.

Uses Up Sun Energy

A myth that was started thanks to a few politicians not understanding how solar power works should only take a few minutes to understand the absurdity. Solar farms do not take energy from the sun in the same way that a vacuum sucks up water when used.

Every solar panel has a slight reaction to the natural radiation that is coming from the sun; further, as efficient as solar power technology has become, we are still unable to absorb all the power. The sun provides more than enough power each day to power the entire planet and won’t stop for billions of years.

Cannot Supply Enough Power

Solar farms from the 1980s and older were so inefficient that they could not compete with other forms of power production. However, this is no longer the same, and many larger solar and wind power farms easily outperform older forms of power production, excluding nuclear power.

Most solar farms currently under development can and will quickly provide enough power for a city to comfortably use. Further, as the technology continues to improve, the amount of power produced from each panel increases drastically.

Only Warm Countries Can Use It

A myth that is easy to understand, as countries where it is warmer, would naturally receive more sunlight; however, this is not entirely true. While warmer countries produce more power from their solar power, this is because they experience more sun each day on average through the year.

However, as long as there is the sun shining on a solar panel, it will produce power, even when it is completely clouded over the day. The solar panels can produce some power from the sun; they may not be as efficient, they will still happily produce power.

Why Are There So Many Myths About Solar Power Farms?

From what we can see, political opponents to greener energy usually start spreading them, no matter where you are in the world. We cannot say for sure, but it has been a trend to see countries that rely on coal power plants have more myths about solar power than those that have transitioned.

However, the overall benefits of solar farms win over through the years, as the coal power plants start to fail and the nuclear power plants are too expensive. Further, the speed at which a solar farm can be built has become the saving grace for many power-hungry countries.

It is important to remember that most myths surrounding green energy alternatives do not come from good spots, as people stand to benefit from not using them. 

Conclusion

Solar farms are harmless if you happen to live near one; however, the chances of living near one are low because most solar farms are far away from cities or suburbs. Because they take so much space to build, most will be built on farms or plots of empty land where little to no other development occurs.