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Drastic decline in solar panel CO2 debt

It is not only the price of solar panels, which is diminishing. A new study has also revealed that critics of the technology have one less argument to rely on.

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Producing solar panels is far more climate friendly than it used to be, according to a recent Dutch study, which has calculated the carbon footprint of the renewable energy source since 1975.

While the ability of solar panels to produce green energy has never been challenged, critics of the energy source have long expressed concerns that the process of melting and treating silicone for the electricity-producing panels requires so much energy that they can hardly be considered green forms of power compared to wind and hydro power, for example.

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