Tree-hugger versus solar lover

February 21, 2008 5:08:49 AM PST
It's the tree-hugger versus the solar lover. Mark Vargas of Santa Clara, California, likes his solar panels. His neighbor, Richard Treanor, likes tall trees. So it seems these two eco-friendly gentlemen would be good friends. But that's not the case. Vargas claims Treanor's trees are blocking the sunlight from his solar panels. After more than six years of legal wrangling, a judge recently ordered Treanor to cut down two of eight redwoods, citing an obscure state law that protects a homeowner's right to sunlight. The Treanor family doesn't plan to appeal. They say they can't afford the legal bills, but will lobby state lawmakers to change or scrap the law.