Protest Over Solar Panels On Huntington Beach School Lawn

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HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) — Students and parents are angry over plans to install solar panels on a California school’s front lawn, a popular gathering spot for youngsters.

They say the Huntington Beach School District decision to install the solar panels takes away student open space and obstructs views of Dwyer Middle School.

Parents say they didn’t know about the $8 million project until it was approved in October. Solar panels at Huntington Beach schools are expected to save the district about $75,000 a year in energy costs.

On Thursday, parents and students gathered to protest, chanting, “Get off our grass!” and hoisting signs condemning Chevron Energy Solutions, which has the contract to install the panels.

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