I had come upon a feature on CNN regarding the problems associated with some of the solutions that have been deemed as alleviating some of the pressures we exert on nature. Solar power has the ability to provide power off the grid (power that does not come from power plants that burn fossil fuel) and even sending some into it but the feature showed a clash of two neighbors regarding the trees that are natures own climate control experts and the next door neighbor who has an extensive installation of solar panels that have become blocked fro the sun due to the growing trees. As the story goes, the two neighbors have been at war with each other in attempts to protect each other’s interests one on the solar generation side and the other on the tree’s side.
As the argument goes, neighbor a planted several red woods in his backyard a few years ahead of his next door neighbor who installs and generates power using solar energy. As the years progress, each has done his own little part in contributing to the ever-growing pollution problem due to the burning of fossil fuel, one having trees that filter air and provide shade the other having power generation that does not pollute. The time came when the solar panels became overshadowed by the red woods which lowers their efficiency and does not maximize their power generation potentials. The neighbors go as far as the courts to find a little known law that was passed a few decades back that states solar power generation has the right to overcome shade and can have a court remove obstructions in certain cases.
Originally posted on March 7, 2008 @ 11:30 pm