The large rectangular solar panels that PSE&G has been installing on utility poles across North Jersey are not winning style points from residents and local officials, who call them hideous, an eyesore, even "ugly as hell."
"I'm all in favor of solar energy. It's a great technology," said Wyckoff Township Committeeman Brian Scanlan. "That said, this project is an example of good intentions going awry."
Scanlan is concerned about the look of the 3-foot-by-5-foot panels perched on poles "especially where you have a neighborhood with front yards that are relatively small."
Ridgewood Deputy Mayor Tom Riche was more blunt, calling the panels "hideous."
"It's just horrible," he said.
In Oradell, Dick Joel is angry about the one that went up on the pole outside his home. "It's ugly as hell, leaning over my driveway," he said. "PSE&G just came into town without any notice and started slapping them up." [...]
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