Solar Easement Lawyer

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Does anyone have suggestions for an attorney versed in solar easement issues? We installed solar panels many years ago. A neighbor has planted large trees on the fence line that are now blocking the sunlight. He refuses to deal with the problem after nicely being asked for many years. We are ready to take whatever action we can. Thank you!

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Flicka Dec 03, 2017 10:09 AM
Solar Easement Lawyer

Please let us know what happens. Thank you for going solar.

a-1524706721 Dec 03, 2017 09:06 AM
Solar Easement Lawyer

I'm pretty sure that you will have to move your solar panels. Let's just say instead of solar panels, you had a vegetable garden and your neighbor puts up a fence blocking the solar rays to your plants. I don't think the fence would have to be taken down. Sorry about losing your solar though.

MesaMa Dec 04, 2017 02:15 PM
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Richyrich is right. There are laws protecting solar easements in California. I just need to find someone to officially back me up. And, the same trees that are blocking my panels are also shading my gardens now. But I guess there isn't much I can do about that.

richyrich Dec 03, 2017 09:28 AM
Solar Easement Lawyer

Not true, California state law protects homeowners that install solar panels and at a later date a neighbor plants trees that block their solar access. Many folks have sued and already won successfully and the homeowner had to cut the tree down or keep it trimmed.

richyrich Dec 02, 2017 03:28 PM
Solar Easement Lawyer

And please take that action indeed! If your solar panels were there before the trees you win, period. I don't know of any locally but you could reach out to the community environmental Council, or in Sacramento the solar energy industries Association. Please follow through.

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