When solar panels are produced, a lot of toxins are created. Since China is one of the few places where solar panels are manufactured, each panel produced adds to the most polluted country in the world.
From American Experiment:
“One of the most toxic chemicals created as a byproduct of this process is silicon tetrachloride. This chemical, if not handled and disposed of properly, can lead to burns on your skin, harmful air pollutants that increase lung disease, and if exposed to water can release hydrochloric acid , which is a corrosive substance bad for human and environmental health.”
China has no toxic waste disposal facilities. They poison their own people. Something they have been doing for a great many years.
From Enviliance ASIA:
“On May 11, 2021, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) issued the “Notice on the Reform Implementation Plan for Hazardous Waste Management Supervision and Utilization Capacity” (the “Plan”). The Plan was enacted to thoroughly implement the Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Prevention of Environmental Pollution from Solid Wastes, improve the management and supervision of hazardous wastes and the capacity to deal with their utilization, and reduce the environmental and safety risks caused by hazardous wastes.”
They still have no plan in place to properly manage toxic waste. Toxic waste is simply left to run on the streets or taken to dump sites. They did not become the most polluted country in the world by caring about their people. It was done through intent.
It is not just toxins created to produce, but toxins within completed solar panels.
“The toxic chemicals in solar panels include cadmium telluride, copper indium selenide, cadmium gallium (di)selenide, copper indium gallium (di)selenide, hexafluoroethane, lead, and polyvinyl fluoride. Additionally, silicon tetrachloride, a byproduct of producing crystalline silicon, is highly toxic.”
Every panel that breaks leaks something toxic into the ground and air. There is nothing environmentally safe about panels. They are toxic to produce and when they break.
Recycling is not cheap and new panels are considerably cheaper. Most places end up sending old solar panels to landfills, such as California. Considering just how toxic they are, it is an environmental nightmare of the near future.
“California is in the process of determining how to divert solar panels from landfills, which is where they currently go, at the end of their life.”
Does Israel have a plan in place for broken panels to keep things like lead from leaching into the ground? Is there a facility that can take panels that are no longer in use to keep the toxins from reaching people?
France currently does not have solutions. They built a solar panel road that failed. They will be paying the environmental price soon.
From Popular Mechanics:
“It was a solar experiment that seemed ingenious in its simplicity: fill a road with photovoltaic panels and let them passively soak up the rays as cars drive harmlessly above. The idea has been tried a few times, notably in rural France in 2016 with what was christened the “Wattway.”
Three years later, even the most optimistic supporters have deemed the Wattway a failure.”
It not only produced less power than expected, but the panels crumbled allowing toxics to spill onto the dirt beneath and into the air. There is no plan in place to clean up the toxic mess the government imposed on the people living there.
Solar panels are not clean. They are toxic when produced, when they break and when they are sent to dumps.
Anyplace with high amounts of solar panels are living with environmental disasters just waiting to happen.