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Residents oppose solar farm project, claim panels are too shiny

Wednesday, September 18th 2019, 3:05 pm - A follow-up meeting will take place before the amendment is voted on.

This past Monday, Michgian's Escanaba Township Board and Escanaba Township Planning Commission has rejected plans to move forward on the installation of a new, 125-megawatt facility in the township, citing resident complaints over water pollution from the farm, fire safety, and the glare or shine that would eminate from the panels, according to Upper Michigan Source.

Officials plan to hold another meeting before the amemendment is voted on.

SOLAR POWER IN CANADA

Several Canadian cities are adopting the use of solar energy.

The Town of Raymond, Alberta for example recently announced its plans to power itself solely through the use of solar panels, which is believed to be a Canadian first.

Crews are in the process of installing about 2,700 panels throughtout the town, which is home to approximately 4,300 people.

Officials expect the $2.8 million project will pay for itself in 15 years.

Elsewhere in the province, 19-year-old engineering student Aasima Gadiwan says up to 23 per cent of Calgary's yearly power demand could come from solar.

"Calgary is one of the sunniest cities in Canada," she told the CBC, "so it would be a shame not to tap into our potential."

According to Gadiwan's research, outfitting Calgary's residential rooftops with solar photovoltaic panels could help put the sun rays the city receives to work.

Gaidwan's research was conducted over the summer at the University of Calgary's PURE (Program for Undergraduate Research Experience) Awards initiative.

She was one of three students honoured at the PURE awards for her work.

VIDEO: WHY GO SOLAR?

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