Jan 29, 2010

City Condems House for Woman Using Solar Panels and Batteries Instead of Utility Power

Stevens, 47, was trying to make ends meet by powering her home with solar panels and batteries for several months before Avondale code enforcement officials visited her on Dec. 10.

*"We explained to her that the panels weren't enough to sustain a quality of life there," *said Pam Altounian, code enforcement manager for Avondale.

Stevens said she was not given adequate notice before officials gave her 24 hours to contact Arizona Public Service Co. to reconnect electricity or her home would be condemned.

Case documents cite a *complaint from a neighbor in October. The unidentified woman* complained about the property's appearance and said she believed there was no electricity powering the home.

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