As any of you have gone through a major home remodel know, your biggest nightmares can come from your neighbors who complain to the city. Well, you think that is tough, can you imagine building megawatts of solar cells and fuel cells, and besides complaining to the city, the press is talking to the neighbors too looking for the dirt on how you are not abiding by buliding codes.
Apple has this problem building one of the largest Solar Arrays and Fuel Cell installations at its data center in Maiden, NC. Here are images from this news video.
WSOCTV article has many neighbors comments. One is pro environment.
Pastor William Painter's church sits right next to the data center and commends Apple for trying to help the environment.
"It's great that they're using the solar power. We need more of that around. Cleaner powersources," Painter said.
Another says the curious are good for business.
But the project has been good for Randy Rush's appliance business. Apple said the renewable energy produced here could power not just refrigerators but more than 10,000 homes.
"I've got a couple people who stop a week and ask what they're doing and most of the time of they stop they buy something, so it's been good, " Rush said.
There are a few complaints of dust and noise.
Zelda Vosburgh's back yard runs right up to the solar farm. She said she cannot wait for the renewable energy project to be completed. She said she has endured a lot during the construction of the environmentally friendly project.
"When we get a storm or the wind blows bad this whole place turns into nothing but dust in the air. You can see it flying everywhere," Vosburgh said.
Trevor Wilson said it's not the dust but the noise he's noticed the most near his parent's home in Maiden. On Monday, crews were working to install the rows of supports needed for the solar panels.
But, no out right anger. You can watch the video in the web post to see what people say and their expressions.