Hog farms, gravel pits or noisy neighbors have always stirred up the emotions of residents who turn to the chant, “Not in my backyard.”

But, solar panels?

A Warren County couple has caused a stir in their wealthy neighborhood with the placement of two large solar panel arrays in their yard.

“Not in your frontyard,” is what some residents are saying in the Calloway Farms subdivision in Turtlcreek Twp., just outside of Lebanon.

Constructing solar panels for an alternate source of energy has become popular in the West, but as the trend moves to states like Ohio, zoning regulations have not caught up.

The residents who erected the arrays were denied a zoning permit by Warren County, but because of an error, the county building department issued a building permit for the solar panels.

Donna Jones said she and her husband, Jamie Jones, have lived on Natalie Drive in the subdivision for nearly four years.

source: m.daytondailynews

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