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February 12, 2013
Toxic sludge, polluted water can be byproducts of making solar panels
Scientists who conduct solar “life cycle analysis” say the transport of waste is not currently being factored into the carbon footprint score.
By JASON DEAREN
Installers from California Green Design put solar electrical panels on the roof of a home. While solar is a far less polluting energy source than coal, many panel makers have a hazardous waste problem.
SAN FRANCISCO — Homeowners on the hunt for sparkling solar panels are lured by ads filled with images of pristine landscapes and bright sunshine, and words about the technology's benefits for the environment — and the wallet.
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