Tag Archives: Solar Panels

The Solar Industry Has Paid Off Its Carbon Debts

by Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic

Probably

Think of all the energy that goes into making a single solar panel. Quartz and copper must be mined. The raw materials must be converted into wafers, then encased in protective material. And after panels leave the factory, they must be shipped all over the world.

Now imagine these consequences spread over four decades—the environmental cost of the solar industry. Given all the research, development, and production time that goes into making any one panel, a skeptical solar-buyer might wonder: Has the solar industry on the whole really saved any energy at all? Continue reading The Solar Industry Has Paid Off Its Carbon Debts

The Facts of Light: How Long Do Solar Panels Last?

by SolarCity, SolarCity Blog

We get a lot of questions about solar power. That’s why we’ve introduced “The Facts of Light” — a place where you can inquire about all things solar, and we’ll do our best to get you the answers.

We live in a throwaway society. Even our phones and our laptops — incredibly sophisticated, high-tech and well-designed pieces of equipment — only last a few years before we need to replace them. We might get our cars to last more than 10 years if we can put up with some repairs and diligent maintenance, but, frankly, most things aren’t very durable. Continue reading The Facts of Light: How Long Do Solar Panels Last?