‘Solar monster’ sparks suburban scrap

Nearby residents call it an eyesore, but Richard and Lola Eanes are happy with the energy savings their solar setup delivers. –John Tlumacki/Globe staff

BEVERLY — It’s not easy being green.

A retired couple might echo that lament after installing a ground-mounted grid of energy-soaking panels — dubbed “the solar monster’’ by one city councilor — that has pitted neighbor against neighbor and sparked a vitriolic war of words.

“It’s a foreign body, basically,’’ said Mary Downing, scowling as she looked at her neighbors’ carbon-friendly tower. “We don’t want to be out on the deck in the summer, by the pool, and see that thing.’’