Does solar energy cause land pollution?

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Does solar energy cause land pollution?

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Solar energy does cause some pollution, mainly because manufacturing photovoltaic cells releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and involves the usage of potentially toxic metals like lead, cadmium, and mercury.

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There are 3 phases: production, use, and discard.

Solar panels are used to generate solar energy. The process for production of all commercial solar panels utilizes ultra purified silicon. Purifying silicon to that extent is one of the most energy-intensive processes known to industry. In fact, to this point, it has required quite a bit more energy to make all the world’s solar panels than those solar panels have ever produced in return. To make all that energy to make those panels required burning a heck of a lot of fossil fuels. Additionally, the process of making solar panels typically uses a lot of hydrofluoric acid, which then gets dumped into the region’s wastewater, which then flows into the rivers and oceans.

Use of solar panels does not produce emissions, but they block sunlight from the plants and animals on the ground that need it.

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