Green battle pits redwoods against solar panels

Posted on February 17, 2008 

Green battle pits redwoods against solar panels

In a case with statewide significance, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office cited 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.

They sent Treanor and Bissett a letter informing them that they were in violation of California’s “Solar Shade Control Act” and that if they didn’t “abate the violation” within 30 days, they would face fines of up to $1,000 a day.

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