Solar Panel Production Toxins may Rule them Out as a "Green" Solution
In search of a green source of energy, many people are turning toward solar panels, but just how green are they? Well, that depends on the manufacturing process used to create the solar panels and how they are disposed after their anticipated 20 to 25 year life has ended. One environmental concern, in the manufacturing process, is a chemical called silicon tetrachloride. This chemical turns land barren, unable to produce crops, and should not be touched by humans.
When choosing manufacturing and disposal processes, big businesses often choose the best option for their bottom line, not the best option for public health or the environment. To encourage environmentally safe production of solar panels, the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition has created the solar scorecard to publicly rate producers on their production and disposal practices, including environmental health and safety, sustainability, workers’ rights, and social justice.