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Can I get compensation for my defunct solar panels?

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🗞️ Driving the news: A debate has been ignited over the “right to light” after a homeowner who installed solar panels is facing a significant increase in energy bills after a neighbor's construction project blocked sunlight to the panels
• The homeowner is seeking advice on possible legal recourse or other actions to mitigate the situation

🔭 The context: Solar panels rely on direct sunlight to generate electricity efficiently
• Legal protections for access to sunlight, known as "right to light," are complex and typically pertain to openings in buildings like windows
• The application of these rights to solar panels is uncertain, and existing legal precedents provide minimal guidance

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Access to sunlight for solar panels is crucial for maximizing the use of renewable energy sources
• Legal frameworks that protect homeowners' investments in solar energy contribute to broader efforts to transition to sustainable energy and reduce carbon emissions

⏭️ What's next: The homeowner could report the issue to the local council to ensure the neighbor's construction complies with planning requirements
• In the long term, changes in the law proposed by the Law Commission could strengthen protections for solar panel users

📈 One stat: The number of solar panel installations and their efficiency are directly impacted by access to sunlight, highlighting the importance of legal protections for solar energy users

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