Solar panels generate mountains of waste

Iowa Climate Science Education

Isn’t sunshine a free fuel? “Harnessing sunshine (and wind) to serve humanity is not free – or clean, green, renewable or sustainable,”Duggan Flanakin points out.


“Duggan Flanakin has written another important, perceptive article,” writes Paul Driessen. “This one examines the enormous amounts of plastic, metallic and dangerous chemical wastes that solar panels generate during their manufacturing process and when their electrical output declines (often rapidly) and they must be dismantled … and mostly hauled off to landfills, because most of their complex components cannot easily be recycled. As America and the world install literally billions of panels over the next decades, these problems will skyrocket.”

“In fact, the International Renewable Energy Agency has estimated that in 2016 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!”


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