Solar Panels are not Green

Solar Panels are not Green

Solar Panels are good for the environment. This seems to be generally accepted in our San Francisco society. But, this is a blanket statement that is not entirely true. It is true that solar panels can provide ‘green energy’ but how often do we stop to think about what goes into getting solar panels operational? I hate to say it, but solar panels are no better that cell phones in the sense of mining and manufacturing. The minerals and metals that go into making solar panels are rare and finite, making it unsustainable. Also, there are massive amounts of Green House Gasses dumped into the atmosphere during the mining and transportation of these solar panels. I guess nothing is perfect… but is it worth it still to invest in solar energy when we know that it is not sustainably derived? What do you think?

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