A battle over solar panels installed on the roof of a Westerly, Rhode Island, ice cream shop may be thawing.
A lawyer for the family that owns the St. Clair Annex shop and an attorney for the Watch Hill Fire District tell The Westerly Sun that a settlement is in the works.
The family installed a 36.9-kilowatt solar array on the shop's roof in December with a $42,000 grant administered by the state's economic development agency.
The fire district appealed, saying permits for the panels should not have been issued before a development plan review was conducted. District officials also say the panels detract from the architectural character of the area.
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Lawyers say they are not yet prepared to discuss specifics of the settlement.