I recently came across this news story about a huge solar array installed in Newport Bay. Newport Beach residents say the panels on a hillside home are reflecting too much sunlight and want them moved to the roof. The owners say that the panels are staying. Stephen and Mashid Rizzone long planned on creating a fully “green” dream home and impart a legacy of environmental responsibility to their children.
Toward that end, 168 solar panels were installed in May on the back of the Rizzones’ hillside Newport Beach home, facing the northeast side of Balboa Island. And although the panels may indeed be environmentally responsible, they are also imparting a lot of glare on the island neighbors. “I’m all for going green, and I’m not trying to stop anyone from having solar panels,” said Bob Olson, who says the porch of his Balboa Island home is now subjected to an intense glare for 2 1/2 hours a day because of the Rizzones’ solar panels. “What I don’t understand is why in the world they didn’t put the panels on the roof, where it would be more fitting with the look of the community.” So Olson is organizing a coalition of homeowners to take action against the project, starting with a petition to have the panels moved to the Rizzones’ rooftop. If this goes to court, what form will the case take and who has the upper hand? Signed, Squinty
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