Councilman Ed Reyes today introduced a City Council motion that would halt installation of about 1,000 solar panels on a Montecito Heights hillside after residents raised concerns about visual blight and glare. The city’s Building and Safety Department had granted two permits to allow the Broadview nursing home to build a solar array on a portion of its 11-acre property on Griffin Avenue. Now, Reyes wants Building & Safety to order work halted to examine residents’ concerns. The motion in part reads:
“The solar panels may be located in a very high fire hazard severity zone, and therefore, there is concern from community residents as to its potential adverse impacts on public safety, water drainage, erosion, glare and obstruction of the existing habitat corridors.”
About 1,000 solar panels – each measuring about 3-feet by 5-feet – mounted on poles will satisfy about 93% of Broadview’s electrical needs, executive director Michael Fisher told The Eastsider earlier this month.
Monica Valencia, a spokeswoman for Reyes, said a date had not yet been scheduled for the City Council to vote on the motion.
Montecito Heights solar project leaves some residents blindsided. The Eastsider
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