A City Council discussion on solar panels will be moved from Tuesday's Newport Beach meeting agenda so members can devote more time to the issue at an Oct. 26 study session.
The question of whether local government can regulate solar panels became heated over the summer when some neighbors complained about panels used in an Irvine Terrace home. The panels fill a hillside above Bayside Drive, and some neighbors have said they create glare and are an eyesore.
In July, Councilman Ed Selich asked staff to create a report that would in part examine possible changes to the city code that could limit solar panels, in spite of a 2004 state law limiting local regulation.
Homeowner Steve Rizzone said his home, including the 168 solar panels used to power the residence, is in complete compliance with city codes. Besides utilizing solar power, the home incorporates other energy-saving and green elements such as skylights.