1. Solar panels are toxic.

Solar panels contain harmful chemicals which are known to leach out into the soil. These toxins are:

  • Cadmium selenide
  • Cadmium telluride
  • Cadmium gallium (di) selenide
  • Lead
  • Silicone tetrachloride polyvinyl fluoride
  • Hexafluoroethane
  • Copper indium gallium (di) selenide


Leaching from solar panels is common, caused by micro-cracks, burns, or direct-impact-breaks. Because solar panels are glass-coated and therefore fragile, breaks are also common. Leaching of the above-listed chemicals pose a threat to our residents as well as our waterways, livestock, wildlife, fields, and well water. Disposal of broken, malfunctioning or obsolete solar panels also causes toxic leaching in landfills.

Solar panel manufacturers advertise cheaper and more toxic panels as more cost-effective. This is just a sugary way of telling us, “these toxic panels are cheaper for us to make, bringing us a bigger profit. Don’t be concerned though, trust the experts!”

Fires can also break out in solar developments due to damaged or faulty panels, dry leaves or birds building nests on or around the panels. These fires release toxic smoke and melted toxic metals. Solar panel fires are extremely dangerous for firefighters to deal with due to the risk of electric shock, and inhaling the toxic fumes. Large solar developments have also been known to attract birds by creating the illusion of water, leading to deadly impacts with panels. This impact can also damage fragile panels.

Harvey Solar 1 tries to ease concern by claiming that cadmium-telluride is not toxic like cadmium itself. This claim is false. Cadmium-telluride is classified as acutely toxic, and is extremely harmful to inhale, ingest, or have in contact with skin. Disorders and diseases associated with Cadmium-telluride are liver cancer, cartilage diseases, Edema (leakage from blood vessels) and other inflammation. Cadmium-telluride is also a long term hazard for aquatic life.


Click HERE to view more information about Cadmium-telluride.


Solar panels contain harmful chemicals which are known to leach out into the soil

Solar panels contain harmful chemicals which are known to leach out into the soil


2. This solar development will cause property damage.

Builders will need to drill into the ground in order to properly set the panel structures and other necessary equipment. This drilling will damage farm tiles, which act as irrigation systems for our local farmers. Fractured and cracked farm tiles will lead to flooding in farm fields and residential lots. This flooding will destroy parts of our farmers’ crops and lead to a loss of revenue for them.

What are farm tiles? Click here to view a video.

Remember the toxicity of those solar panels? Imagine the possibility of cadmium-telluride and lead-laced water flooding in your backyard where the kids play, or your pasture where your livestock graze.

Flooding can also cause damage to our septic systems. Septic tanks and pump chambers can fill with debris, and if severe enough, a new septic tank may have to be installed. This is very costly.

Standing water leads to a rise in the mosquito population and their diseases and viruses. Stagnant water also becomes a prime breeding ground for bacteria and fungi, including Legionella, E. coli, Nontuberculous mycobacteria, and Pseudomonas-related pneumonia.


3. This solar development will cause noise pollution.

The noise pollution will begin from day one. First, the properties will need to be cleared of any obstructions so the panels and equipment can be properly placed. Then, construction of these massive solar developments will include continuous drilling, construction vehicles, and vehicles moving in and out for shipping materials to and from the properties. Construction for developments this large will take more than a year.

Click here to view an video of the loud drilling machinery.

After construction is complete and the developments are operating, the inverters will be running for more than 12 hours each day to harness the electricity. These solar panels will also be moving to track the path of the sun. At the end of the day when the sun sets, these thousands of panels will all move simultaneously to their original positions in order to await the next sunrise. This droning sound will occur every single night. The metal joints of the solar panels’ moving apparatus may also break down due to weather or daily wear, causing a grinding noise.

Noise caused by these massive solar developments will disturb not only our residents, but our local wildlife. This includes our extensive deer and coyote population. Coyotes may be pushed out of their living areas, or stirred by the noise, which poses a threat to our pets and our livestock. Frightened deer become disoriented and pose a threat to drivers. Even if the deer get used to the noise, their habitual traveling paths and living areas will be disrupted by the fenced-in solar developments. This makes it more likely for drivers to encounter them on the road, and residents to encounter them in their yards.

According to OhioDNR.gov, in 2019, statistics from the Ohio State Highway Patrol show there were 19,375 deer-related crashes on Ohio’s roadways. Of those crashes, four resulted in fatalities and 966 people were injured. Keep in mind that these were crashes directly reported to the Highway Patrol. The number may be higher.


4. Our property values will decrease.

If Knox County becomes the home of the industrial solar facility, what is there to stop other industrial development from moving into the area?

Having these ugly and toxic solar panel developments scattered all over Knox County may make it less likely for potential homebuyers and business owners to invest in the area, causing a drop in property values.

A study done by Georgia State University found that residential properties in Atlanta located close to industrial developments are significantly lower priced (average price of $134,000), as are those close to new retail development (average price of $164,000). Imagine what a price difference there will be with current Ohio property values.


5. The view will be unsightly.

This solar development will ruin the view for our residents. Big blue solar panels as far as the eye can see. Some of these plots also run right up against residential lots.

Solar panels are also incredibly reflective. During certain hours of the day, residents and others driving past the developments will encounter the harsh glare.


6. Frasier Solar gets a large tax break.

Frasier Solar will be taking advantage of a tax exemption program called P.I.L.O.T (payment in lieu of taxes.) This program will allow them to pay the county a fee instead of paying essential property taxes. Unlike property taxes, which usually increase each year, this fee will never increase over the course of the 40 year leases. Therefore, the payment they make to the county can be substantially less than they would normally pay in taxes.

Click here to watch a video explaining P.I.L.O.T

This corporation will also be benefiting from a 26% federal tax credit (ITC.)

In addition, those who have signed their land to be leased by Harvey Solar 1 will be completely exempt from paying property taxes on the leased land.