Green shouldn\'t trump views, resident claims
Unlike the sight barrier of building elements, neighbors have no say in installing solar panels on the roof, regardless of the impact on their property or life.
Under a state law, these facilities are exempt from the usual design review needed to carry out a building renovation, and the City Council wants to know what can be done to reduce the damage these facilities have to their neighbors.
\"I don\'t think anyone will appreciate the devaluation of their house and the decline in quality of life, looking at a metal platform 24 to 30 inch m high that can support 30 to 50 solar panels,\" lea Eastman said, he brought the issue to the attention of the City Council at a meeting on July 20.
\"It turned a home into a power plant.
\"Although the sea view from her living room downstairs was not affected, Eastman was angry that she could no longer see the sea view from the second room --
Floor master suite and deck.
Without her approval or city approval, the installation of solar panels on the roof of the house in front of her blocked sight.
Neither approval is required, nor will Eastman certainly approve it.
The city\'s Design Review Board specifically asked if the platform holding the panel itself was exempt when the project submitted a building permit, which was required.
City Atty has been mentioned in this issue.
Philip Cohen for review.
\"I have written to Governor and Senator Diana Van Stein asking them to authorize city officials to intervene in order to maintain harmony, aesthetics of the community and the Sea View,\" Eastman said . \".
James moradik, owner of the Caribbean home with solar panels installed, said the solar system saves energy, helps clean the environment, and the installation complies with all applicable laws.
\"The system reduces carbon dioxide [carbon dioxide]
Emissions exceeding 1-
\"It is estimated that there will be 15 years in the life cycle of the whole system,\" Mouradick said.
\"If the country thinks it\'s not a good idea, why would they give a rebate to the installation company --
We need $7,500 for our job.
The federal government has provided $12,000 in tax credits to system owners.
We just rented out the system.
\"If excess energy is generated, at the end of the year, Southern California Edison wrote a check to the user.
The Mouradick system is not eligible to pay because it only reduces usage by 80%, but it does reduce billing by 90%. \"I am energy-
But why should I pay for other people\'s economic decisions? \" Eastman said.
The system is installed by a solar city based in Foster, Northern California.
The company did not respond to the call before the deadline for this story.
\"I initially spoke to eight companies and received five tenders,\" Mouradick said . \".
\"I interviewed three.
\"Before making the decision, moradik said he looked at Sun City in every way.
\"It is the second largest solar company in the western United States,\" Mouradick said . \"
\"They have more systems installed in a week than the other two [interviewed]do in a year.
They know all the laws and regulations.
\"Eastman believes that 15% of the spacing of the platform that supports solar panels on the flat roof of the Caribbean\'s way home may not be illegal, but this is unnecessary.
A solar expert told her that a 5% pitch would not significantly reduce the efficiency of the panel, she said.
Parvis Shoaii, a neighbor, mechanical engineer, said that another solution can optimize the solar panel system without affecting the Eastman point of view.
Mysterious Mountain resident David Gibbs told the commission that if the owner in front of his House added a similar device, it would completely erase his view.
\"I just thought it was an abomination,\" says Caroline Gibbs . \".
Jason Paransky recommends that the city contact Sun City to let the company know that if it wants to do business in Laguna, it needs to respond more positively to community values.
\"The company has installed four systems in my neighborhood, and there may be systems in other cities, without any complaints,\" Mouradick said . \".
John Montgomery, director of community development, said some cities offer business incentives to solar companies or charge incentives to owners.
Eastman wants to rebuild the platform.
Tilted to 5 degrees, the size of the house in which it is located evaluates the number of panels needed to eliminate energy use.
\"The reduction in efficiency is negligible in summer and there are four or five panels in winter,\" Eastman said . \".
Eastman lived in her house for 11 years.
It took two years to approve and build.
When the Caribbean 1521 House carried out a design review under different ownership, Eastman successfully appealed the height of the building and other design elements that hindered her sea view.
\"To keep my point, the council lowered the height of the roof by 3 feet and removed a chimney, leaving only one flue. \" Eastman said.
\"Besides the sea view, what are we here?
If not for the view, why take two years to build it with a window that was deliberately placed?
\"However, changes in urban policy may not affect the installation of the Caribbean way, as it is in place.
No installation makes Eastman happy, says moradick.
\"I told her that we had a permit and would try to keep the noise down, warning the worker not to stop in front of her house, and if there was any debris on her property that landed on us, moradik said.
\"But we live in a hostile environment.
\"We had to call the police before,\" he claimed . \".
There are few other things that cause neighborhood conflicts like losing sight.
\"I paid extra for my point and now it\'s destroyed,\" Eastman said . \".