Stu Nicholson holds a solar panel set to be installed on
the roof of his Brighton home, which is shaded by a tree on
road reserve. Photo by Linda Robertson.
A towering macrocarpa tree needs trimming, as it shades a
roof where solar panels are to be installed, Brighton homeowner
Stu Nicholson says.
The tree on Dunedin City Council road reserve blocks sunshine
from hitting the roof of his Bedford Pde house on winter
He had bought eight solar panels for installation this summer
and they would need all available winter light, because
inconsistent light damaged them, he said.
''They don't like partial shade,'' Mr Nicholson said.
The macrocarpa needed pruning and ways to get the work done
were being investigated, he said.
Saddle Hill Community Board chairman Scott Weatherall said
the council supported the tree work, if the Bedford Pde
residents agreed to it, and the work was completed by a
qualified arborist at no cost to the council.
''The hope is the arborist might do the work in exchange for
the wood,'' Mr Weatherall said.
As the tree was not a safety risk and was healthy, the
council was not required to prune it.
The board was consulting residents about the proposed work.
''Since being the chairman, I've dealt with about six tree
concerns and it seems to be the most contentious thing for
the council - second to the stadium.''