The myth that solar panels are not that green lingers around, that it “takes to much energy to produce a panel to the point they are not green”.
Well what came first? The chicken or the egg?
To get to a less polluting future we must use what we have, to create what we need, and slowly we switch.
The greenhouse gas emissions linked to solar power generation at all stages is estimated to be less than 0.2 pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent per kWh power (CO2E/kWh) generated. This is very low compared to the 0.6 pounds CO2E/kWh that is produced by natural gas, and up to 3.6 CO2E/kWh released with coal, over its lifetime. Finally, the energy used to generate solar energy is usually paid back within six months to two years.
To get the silicon in the form used in the panels, “Silicon is melted in electric furnaces and, at the moment, most electricity is produced by burning fossil fuels. That does emit carbon dioxide. So, when a new solar panel is put to work it starts with a “carbon debt” that, from a greenhouse-gas-saving point of view, has to be paid back before that panel becomes part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.”
Some people bring concerns of the production and recycling processes as well.
The recycling process are areas of new opportunity for those taking on the problem and finding different solutions. Nearly 96% of the materials in solar panels are recycled and reused.
It would be safe to say that solar panel manufacturers are continuously looking for more eco-friendly ways to produce panels while ending up with an efficient well-made product. Like all energy generation there must be downsides and risks, the important thing is that those risks and downsides are managed and dealt with in respectable way. If your interested in seeing how panels are made, click here.
Currently Saskatchewan, Alberta and Nova Scotia are producing the biggest carbon footprints in Canada. As of 2017 Saskatchewan relies on coal for 40% of its energy generation and gas for 35%.
We think it is time for Saskatchewan to start stepping up and helping SaskPower to make the changes they want, and the changes the world needs.
This is the best time for residents to begin taking action and becoming their own power producers.
SaskPower is giving a huge advantage to those who take action and work with them, giving a 20% rebate for the next 2 years. They have many different incentives to make it more feasible for the average person, as well as net metering allowing a bi-directional flow of electricity between you and the grid.