Reporting by The New York Times about a recent battle between two neighbors in Sunnyvale, Calif., shows that some environmentalists aren’t friends. However, this doesn’t have to be the case.
One couple planted eight redwood trees that cast shadows on their neighbor’s rooftop solar panels. The owner of the panels brought the couple to court, prosecuting under the Solar Shade Act.
Judge Kurt Kumli of the Santa Clara County Superior Court ruled that no more than 10 percent of the panels could be cast in shade and ordered that the trees be pruned.
Who was right in this case? Were either of the parties’ actions justified? One neighbor drove a Prius and the other drove an electric car. It is not as though one was more environmentally friendly than the other.