When Bob Olson's Sunday afternoon was disrupted by a beam of light glaring down onto the porch of his cozy Balboa Island home, he sprang into action.
The May appearance of 168 solar panels, which face the northeast side of Balboa Island from a hill, has left Olson with a two-and-a-half hour window daily in which the reflecting sunlight creates an intense glare, he said.
Olson is organizing a coalition of homeowners to take action against the project, starting with a petition to the city to have the panels moved to the Rizzone's rooftop near their home on the hillside above Bayside Drive.
“I'm all for going green, and I'm not trying to stop anyone from having solar panels,” Olson said. “What I don't understand is why in the world they didn't put the panels on the roof, where it would be more fitting with the look of the community.”