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The Courts

Submission + - Trees Shading Solar Panels Ordered Cut Down 3

Makarand writes: A landmark case pitting trees against solar panels was fought in the courts of sunny California recently. A judge ordered some towering redwoods cut down so that sunlight could shine on solar panels installed by a neighbor even though the redwoods were planted before the solar panels were installed. A three decade old Solar Shade Control Act passed in California when solar systems were rare now requires homeowners to keep their trees from shading more than 10 percent of their neighbor's solar panels between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The solar system owner is happy with the outcome of this judgment because he thinks that it would take around three acres of similar trees to reduce carbon dioxide emissions as much as the solar panels he has installed.

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