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Quetron

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#1 10 years ago

San Jose Mercury News - Sunnyvale homeowners told to cut redwoods that block solar panels

Sunnyvale homeowners told to cut redwoods that block solar panels LAW: TREES BLOCKING NEIGHBOR'S SOLAR PANELS MUST BE CUT By Paul Rogers Mercury News Article Launched: 01/24/2008 03:33:12 AM PST

Trim trees for solar panels? Related document On the Web: California Solar Shade Control Act Analysis by the University of California-San Diego Law School of the Solar Shade Control Act (PDF) Special reports Green energy news and multimedia Related Stories Jan 28: Fisher: Tree-huggers should trump solar-lovers Talk about a clash of cherished green values. In a case with statewide significance, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office is pursuing a Sunnyvale couple under a little-known California law because redwood trees in their backyard cast a shadow over their neighbor's solar panels. Richard Treanor and Carolynn Bissett own a Prius and consider themselves environmentalists. But they refuse to cut down any of the trees behind their house on Benton Street, saying they've done nothing wrong. "We're just living here in peace. We want to be left alone," said Bissett, who with her husband has spent $25,000 defending themselves against criminal charges. "We support solar power, but we thought common sense would prevail." Their neighbor Mark Vargas considers himself an environmentalist, too. His 10-kilowatt solar system, which he installed in 2001, is so big he pays only about $60 a year in electrical bills. He drives an electric car. Vargas said he first asked Treanor and Bissett to chop down the eight redwoods, which the couple had planted from 1997 to 1999 along the fence separating their yards. Later, he asked them to trim the trees to about 15 feet. "I offered to pay for the removal of the trees. I said let's try to work something out," Vargas said. "They said no to everything." He installed the panels. After several years of squabbling and failed mediation, Vargas filed a complaint with the Santa Clara County




masked_marsoe VIP Member

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#2 10 years ago

That is ridiculous.

The trees should stay.




Tas

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#3 10 years ago
masked_marsoe;4210364That is ridiculous. The trees should stay.

I second this, move the frakkin solar panels instead.




Quetron

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#4 10 years ago

They should make this edit time like 24 hours, WTF




Tas

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#5 10 years ago

You know, those tiny pictures don't really help.




AlDaja

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#6 10 years ago

I find this quite humorous…people have completely lost it with this whole green thing. I passed a house today that had huge-ass solar panels recently installed on the home, but in the process the homeowner cut down the oak tree because it was blocking the sun. He was bragging about how he is helping the environment by not contributing…(this is the part where I tuned him out) – this leftist ass cut down the only fucking tree he had in his yard! What a dumbass. I’m glad he lives at the end of my block and not next to me!:rofl:




masked_marsoe VIP Member

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#7 10 years ago
AlDaja;4211791I find this quite humorous…people have completely lost it with this whole green thing. I passed a house today that had huge-ass solar panels recently installed on the home, but in the process the homeowner cut down the oak tree because it was blocking the sun. He was bragging about how he is helping the environment by not contributing…(this is the part where I tuned him out) – this leftist ass cut down the only fucking tree he had in his yard! What a dumbass. I’m glad he lives at the end of my block and not next to me!:rofl:

:cort:

I was at the farm of NZ Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons over the weekend. She built her house in 1990 (long before she became an MP) for ~NZ$125,000 (~US$98,000).

It is off-grid, so they must generate all their own power, which they do. They also use an average of 550kwh of power a year, compared with the average American house of 10,650kwh a year. Al Gore uses about 221,000kwh.

The house itself does not look remarkably different from normal house: paverssm.jpg

It is mainly heated by the sun shining through north facing windows on to the tile covered concrete floor. This stores heat from the day to keep the house warm at night. Wool insulation stops the heat escaping. In summer the eaves keep the sun out and the house cool.

If we were to implement building codes that meant that all new buildings used the same type of designs that they had twenty years ago, we would be able to massively reduce power consumption.




AlDaja

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#8 10 years ago
masked_marsoe;4211898:cort: I was at the farm of NZ Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons over the weekend. She built her house in 1990 (long before she became an MP) for ~NZ$125,000 (~US$98,000). It is off-grid, so they must generate all their own power, which they do. They also use an average of 550kwh of power a year, compared with the average American house of 10,650kwh a year. Al Gore uses about 221,000kwh. The house itself does not look remarkably different from normal house: paverssm.jpg If we were to implement building codes that meant that all new buildings used the same type of designs that they had twenty years ago, we would be able to massively reduce power consumption.

Thats nice...whatever.:sitonit:




Marine Sniper15

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#9 10 years ago

Just move the stupid solar panels.




arcadeplayer987

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#10 10 years ago

The trees are more important and they should stay, the panels should be moved. I'm into nature side.