It seems like everytime we think were making progress someone smarter than all of us comes along and points out the big dumb flaw in our plans. Solar panels, they’re good right? They use the sun for energy instead of wasting non renewable resources, yay! I’ve seen them on houses, cars, cell phone chargers, even sunglasses that charge your ipod! For the most part if you asked someone on the street if solar panels would help some of our energy/environmental issues they would say yes. Well, TreeHugger did a post on an article in the Los Angeles Times today about how that is actually not all the way true.
Solar panels, as useful as they are, cause a lot of waste. Manufacturing them and trying to dispose of them are starting to have an impact. Solar panels are built using large amounts of fossil fuel, and the leftover mercury and chromium used cant just be tossed in a recycling bin. According to the article, Asia is showing signs of disposal woes when it comes to the waste caused by solar panels. There is hope though! The post goes on to talk about how we may have caught the problem in time and the steps being taken to keep solar power an eco-friendly option. Check out the TreeHugger blog post or the actual article.
Published by: Ashley (intern)