Solar panels operate without emitting greenhouse gases or pollutants, and they don’t involve environmentally harmful mining for fuels or materials. When compared to the usual mix of fossil fuel power sources powering New England, each 1,000-kWh generated by a solar electric system prevents the release of 0.17 pounds of sulfur dioxide, 0.35 pounds of nitrogen oxides, and a substantial 747 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere.
Solar panels can be recycled at the end of their lifespan. Solar panels are typically made of materials such as glass, aluminum, copper, and semiconductors. When their useful lifespan ends, these materials can be reclaimed and repurposed for new solar panels or other items. Collaborative efforts between organizations like the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), manufacturers, and installers are establishing networks to responsibly repurpose or recycle components of solar electric systems nearing the end of their life cycle.
For countless residents and business owners in Massachusetts, installing a solar electric system is a logical investment that converts abundant sunlight into electricity, reduces air pollution, slashes or eliminates monthly electricity expenses, and contributes to the local economy by generating jobs and supporting local businesses.