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The Ugly Side of Solar Panels


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Frans
- 222 days ago - lowtechmagazine.com
Producing electricity from solar cells reduces air pollutants and greenhouse gases by about 90 percent in comparison to using conventional fossil fuel technologies, claims a study called "Emissions from Photovoltaic Life Cycles", to be published this ...



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David F. (14)
Tuesday May 13, 2014, 3:35 am
> The optimistic conclusions of the researchers are based on a life expectancy of 30 years
- whereas best offer i've seen is a guarantee (but who guarantees the company this comes from will still be around then...) of 80% of initial capacity for 15 years
 

David F. (14)
Tuesday May 13, 2014, 3:38 am
Thanks! -- Bookmarked. Interesting, well-written article, with link to the interesting (though conclusions are debatable) study

... solid data to back up my polemic;
there is no (mass-produced) "clean" energy
Not all that is less-dirty is clean;
not all that is less red is green.
 

Natasha Salgado (578)
Tuesday May 13, 2014, 3:58 am
Great article. And there's another ugly side to Solar Panels that being most are an eyesore. I'd like to see changes in the design to make them more attractive...also i'm a lil concerned with the life expectancy overall. Oh and all technology leaves a carbon footprint--a dirty one as Solar Panels do. Thx Frans
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday May 13, 2014, 6:01 am

Thanks Frans, a sobering article. One usually needs four of five articles to get that much information, but overall, this is the way of the future. Even with the retraction of ice in the Arctic Ocean and Greenland and with that new oil fields, the fact is Oil and all fossil fuels do have peak levels and after more than hundred years of intense mining and drilling fossil fuels are simply running out. We must develop new alternatives for energy sources, and currently solar and wind, or solar turned into thermal energy are the alternatives we have. Science often moves rapidly and in ten years every thing we think we know about solar power could dramatically change.

Addressing Natasha's concern; I have seen a number of high rise buildings that use solar arrays as part of the building design for a very interesting and attractive result.
 

Helen Porter (40)
Wednesday May 14, 2014, 3:06 pm
A century ago it would have been called magick.

But look at us go!!!
 
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