Solar Panels Generate Mountains Of Waste – And Heat The Planet

Posted: September 19, 2020 by oldbrew in Big Green, Critique, Energy
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Time for climate obsessives to look the other way — again.

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By Duggan Flanakin ~

The problem of solar panel waste is now becoming evident. As environmental journalist Emily Folk admits in Renewable Energy Magazine, “when talking about renewable energy, the topic of waste does not often appear.” She attributes this to the supposed “pressures of climate change” and alleged “urgency to find alternative energy sources,” saying people may thus be hesitant to discuss “possible negative impacts of renewable energy.”

Ms. Folk admits that sustainability requires proper e-waste management. Yet she laments, “Solar presents a particular problem. There is growing evidence that broken panels release toxic pollutants … [and] increasing concern regarding what happens with these materials when they are no longer viable, especially since they are difficult to recycle.”

This is the likely reason that (except in Washington state), there are no U.S. mandates for solar recycling. A recent article in Grist reports that most used solar panels are…

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Comments
  1. oldbrew says:

    Four years ago the International Renewable Energy Agency estimated there were already about 250,000 metric tons of solar panel waste worldwide – and that total will explode to 78 million metric tons by 2050!

    How much of that will end up as landfill?

  2. I find this post amusing. 😁

  3. oldbrew says:

    Grist: Solar panels are starting to die. What will we do with the megatons of toxic trash?
    Aug 13, 2020

    ‘standard electronics recycling methods don’t cut it for solar panels’

    https://grist.org/energy/solar-panels-are-starting-to-die-what-will-we-do-with-the-megatons-of-toxic-trash/

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