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Solar Panels Are Starting to Die. What Will We Do With The Megatons Of Toxic Trash?

By Isaac Orr.

Most people seem to believe that wind and solar panels produce no waste and have no negative environmental impacts. Unfortunately, these people are wrong. …

A recent article in Grist warns of a looming onslaught of solar waste as solar panels in the United States begin to reach the end of their 25 year lifetimes …:

“Solar panels are … complex pieces of technology that become big, bulky sheets of electronic waste at the end of their lives — and right now, most of the world doesn’t have a plan for dealing with that.” …

Nuclear plants can run for 80 years, as can coal plants with proper maintenance and upkeep, but even the best wind turbines and solar panels will last for just 25 years, creating staggering amounts of waste products.

Solar panels are expected to generate 866 times more [tonnes of] waste in the next 30 years than nuclear power has generated in the last 50. And unlike nuclear waste, which is safely stored on site, nobody knows what will happen to these solar panels at the end of their useful lifetime because solar panels are not easily recycled. …

Not only are solar panels not required to be recycled, their disposal can lead to potential environmental problems. If broken panels in landfills can leach lead or other heavy metals, it stands to reason that other broken panels at solar arrays could potentially result in similar contamination. However, we won’t know if that happens because solar panels are not held to the same environmental standards as other projects.

Solar panels require no baseline water testing or soil sampling to measure metal levels in the soil before the panels are installed. These baseline tests will give us a “before” photo of the environment, and allow us to determine if solar panels have damaged the environment during their useful lifetimes. …

One reason so few solar panels are recycled is because it isn’t cost effective. According to Grist:

“Tao and his colleagues estimate that a recycler taking apart a standard, 60-cell silicon panel can get about $3 for the recovered aluminum, copper, and glass. Vanderhoof, meanwhile, says that the cost of recycling that panel in the U.S. is anywhere between $12 and $25 — after transportation costs, which “oftentimes equal the cost to recycle.” At the same time, in states that allow it, it typically costs less than a dollar to dump a solar panel in a solid waste landfill.”

Solar panels are a poor solution to the politically-created “problem” of global warming. Oh, and by the way, a lot of people in the “green” industry make a great deal of money from solar panels. The goal is global bureaucratic rule, and if a few eggs get broken to make that omelette…

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  1. How hard could it be to ask simple questions like:
    – What is the service life of this panel or windmill?
    – What is the cost of its safe disposal?
    – Will the environment be returned to the condition prior to installation (i.e., will the wind farm concrete foundations be removed?)
    – What percentage of the running costs will be subsidized by the tax payer?
    – Will the installation be profitable over its lifetime?
    – What are the negative impacts on the environment and wildlife?

    These are the kinds of questions I would expect responsible journalists to be asking. (On the other hand, if you are employed by a media company, you have no choice but to tow the narrative line if you want to keep your job. This begs the question of the ethics of anyone willing to become such a journalist in the first place.)

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    • When O&G explorers drill dud wells they have to plug the well properly and rehabilitate the land , similar to miners.
      These solar panel producers and suppliers need to have similar rules applied with their disposal. Looking at the figures above maybe $50 should added as a disposal fee.

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    • The green ventures are only profitable due to huge subsidies to opetate and incentives to build them.
      If they were to operate independantly on their own in the free market theyd be bankrupt before they even started.

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  2. The deadly two face hypocritical Communist Greens.
    “You will have nothing and you will be happy” Suffer the cold in your jocks.

    …… millions of solar panels are blanketed in snow and ice and breathless, freezing weather is encouraging its 30,000 wind turbines to do absolutely nothing, at all.
    [Note to Ed: don’t forget about the constant supply of electricity from the grid that these things chew up heating their internal workings so they don’t freeze up solid!] ….
    ….. weeks-long overcast sky prevents any noteworthy solar power generation. ….

    ….. the plan is that Germany will have to rely more on natural gas (from Russia), coal power from Poland and nuclear power from France. …..

    https://stopthesethings.com/2021/02/09/coal-comfort-total-collapse-in-wind-solar-output-leaves-freezing-germans-desperate-for-coal-fired-power/comment-page-1/

    All to follow the “Pied Piper” still so stupid Greta Thunberg,
    No hard media questions to her.
    It would be considered “child abuse” to seriously ask questions of her.
    Then the socket puppet is “magically” kept hidden by her “red” handlers and all is ok with the doting ‘pressitudes’.

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  3. The “virtual signalers” have no idea, live in a “sim city” computerized play ground of no consequences.
    No real life experience, except dreaming.
    All the while nationalistically demanding for their egos, a control over others, with no accountability.

    ….. while they’re above ground, solar panels are sending the mercury northward, adding 3-4°C to the average temperature of the environment in which they are situated. ….

    …. They also heat the planet, blanket wildlife habitats and cause other ecological damage.
    https://stopthesethings.com/2020/10/10/lingering-legacy-millions-of-toxic-solar-panels-that-cant-be-recycled-destined-for-landfills/

    So also putting in “runaway” climate warming.. … so totally irresponsible.

    The two faced ecologists never did care about supposed ecological concerns, so long as their 4 year degree to have clip boards with tick boxes with a highly paid salary, and control over others to satisfy their egos.

    All part of “demanding money with menaces” to rob people for “feel good factors” that then have no accountability what so ever.
    Two faced, as putting laws in place to pressure other industries to close, but will not apply the laws to their sacrosanct schemes.
    The accountability has been removed so it is a “money laundering” scheme of major corruption.

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  4. I think Bill Gates may be on to a major subsidized government guaranteed business.

    As some will recall, Gates has been buying up farmland, but for producing food ? ? ?
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/bill-gates-is-now-the-biggest-owner-of-farmland-in-america/PYBQJSYBXPHLANELSQUOCECLRI/
    Probably keep producing food, whilst quietly changing to solar power?

    it will take an area the size of South Carolina filled with solar arrays to meet California’s goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
    [It would take at least eight South Carolinas if the California mandate were extended nationwide.]

    https://stopthesethings.com/2020/10/10/lingering-legacy-millions-of-toxic-solar-panels-that-cant-be-recycled-destined-for-landfills/

    Same as my above link :- At 8:41 am

    A win/win for Gates, either more farm subsidies on the way, or much more green subsidies for so called “sustainable” solar power.

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  5. Kiwi Wind Farms ‘Lazy as Bro’: New Zealand’s Wind Turbines Produce Nothing 80% Of The Time

    Not solar, but I liked the head line, and I do not figure any have got off the couch, since this was published. March 26, 2019 or changed much.

    https://stopthesethings.com/2019/03/26/kiwi-wind-farms-lazy-as-bro-new-zealands-wind-turbines-produce-nothing-80-of-the-time/

    A source of some some interesting easy to look at data, then put into a graph.

    Month …………. Plated Capacity …. Generated MW … Average Production
    July……….. ………658 ………………………..186.15 ……………….. ……..28.29%
    August…. …….658 …………………….. 132.50 ……………….. ……..20.14%
    September …. 658 ……………………….174.62 ………………… …….26.54%
    October ……..658.. ……………………… 157.63…………………. ……23.96%
    November…… 658 ………………………. 149.15 ………………… ……22.67%
    December……. 658 ………………… 124.54 ……………….. ……18.93%
    January ……… 658 ………………………..179.51 ………………… …..27.28%
    February…….. 658 ………………………. 157.86 ………………… ……23.99%

    So the power companies find ways of charging extra for what they do not produce, under some formula of Carbon Emissions & Credits, or whatever.

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