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Some facts from the article to consider if you don't want to register:
1) Defendants planted the trees between 1997 and 1999, for privacy.You may, or may not, also wish to consider the following:
2) Plaintiff installed his 10-kW solar system in 2001. It's "so big he pays only about $60 a year in electrical bills. He drives an electric car."
3) Plaintiff [Solar] asked Defendant [Trees] first to remove the trees, then later to trim them to 15 feet, finally offered to pay for removal--all before installing his system. Defendants declined every offer.
4) California has a rarely used Solar Shade Control Act written "to guarantee, amid the energy crises of the 1970s, that people who installed solar panels wouldn't see a drop in their investment from nearby trees.""[The law] affects only trees planted after 1979, and bans trees or shrubs from shading more than 10 percent of a neighbor's solar panels between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. It does not apply to trees or shrubs that were there before the solar panels were installed. But - and here's the key distinction - it does apply to existing trees and shrubs that later grew big enough to shade the solar panels. A violation is an infraction, like a parking ticket, but with fines of up to $1,000 a day."[Hmm. Was the fee set at $1000 in 1979? Because in today's money...]
5) Kurt Newick, a seller of solar energy systems and chair of the global warming committee of his local Sierra Club chapter, says "it's actually better for the environment to put solar on your roof than to plant a tree...[o]n average, a tree only sequesters 14 pounds of carbon dioxide a year and a solar electric system offsets that every two or three days," he said.
1) Redwoods are not native to Sunnyvale. These trees are currently 20-40' high and will keep growing straight up from a central leader. However, redwoods can be topped and sheared into attractive hedges.
2) Many other trees, including several natives, can be held to heights lower than 20-40'.
3) In addition to sequestering 14 pounds of carbon dioxide a year, trees, especially large ones, provide habitat for various kinds of animal, bird, and insect life.
ADDED: I deleted the blog poll. I think it caused me to lose control of the web page or something.
ADDED: An update.