Duke Energy wants to clear 300 acres of land in DeBary, Florida to build a solar panel farm in a beautiful wetland forest ecosystem with ponds, lakes, trees and animals that is right near Blue Springs State Park.
The state of Florida has a history of damaging tornadoes and hurricanes. Solar panels contain toxic materials that can leak into the two nearby lakes as well as the adjacent river and pond. Solar panels should never be installed near important wetland ecosystems and rivers as they destroy habitat for keystone species and can potentially contaminate water supplies. The area is home to numerous endangered gopher tortoises and scrub jays as well as deer, bears, snakes, and rabbits.
Duke Energy has the option to construct their solar panel farms on the nearby rooftops of homes, malls, stores, and plazas. There are also numerous abandoned industrial areas throughout the state of Florida as well as many empty fields.
Please sign this petition to tell Duke Energy not to destroy this area and to find a better place to install solar panels which will not harm the environment! There are thousands of places to install these solar panels - don't do it in wetland ecosystems!
The image you see above is actual footage of part of this ecosystem which will be damaged. Furthermore, Duke Energy is violating their own environmental policy as there are numerous signs posted that state that the area is home to endangered Scrub Jays.