Polluted sludge is solar energy’s “dirty” side

By |2013-03-18T16:22:59+00:00March 15th, 2013|Just the Facts Radio|7 Comments

By purchasing solar panels for their homes, a growing number of folks are opting for what they think is the Green-friendly option. But according to the Associated Press, there is a dirty side to solar that is just now being realized as manufacturers are producing millions of pounds of polluted sludge and contaminated water in the process of making solar panels. Making matters worse is that to dispose of the material, companies must often transport it by truck or rail far from their own plants to waste facilities hundreds and even thousands of miles away. Since this additional energy is not typically considered in figuring out solar’s environmental impact, this is not sunny news for solar’s Green advocates.


  1. jameshrust March 19, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    China has a city with a lake a few miles away that is too dangerous to enter because of dumped solar panel pollution.

  2. bfferguson April 26, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    I am not an environmental weenie by any stretch of the imagination Please annoy us with some facts This terse piece reminds me of a bumper sticker Long on Shrill Short on Facts : Data please !

  3. Truth behind the facts! July 6, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    This message was brought to you by cfact who encourage climate change denial. This is obvious on a project page of theirs: http://www.climatedepot.com/ Anyone want to take a moment to research who funds cfact??! My suspicion is that news blips like this are funded by the likes of the coal industry!

  4. Kash August 5, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    He likely has large investments in oil and gas or nuclear power or coal…lets report their dirty little secrets…Still greener dude this article epic FAIL!

  5. Yeppers September 13, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Here’s the difference, it’s pretty simple. Improperly disposing of the by product created from the manufacture of solar panels is a detriment to the environment. The proper use of fossil fuels causes a detriment to the environment. The improper disposal of any manufacturing by product would cause a detriment to the environment.

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