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Solar & Alternative Energy

E-waste looms behind solar-power boom

Imagine a manufacturer that took back its products after 25 years of use. That's exactly what watchdog group Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition is recommending that the solar industry do in a white paper released on Wednesday.

Solar is a renewable source of energy, and solar panels don't pollute when they are generating electricity. But the upstream process of making solar panels involves a number of toxic chemicals. Most solar cells are made out of silicon, the same material embedded in billions of electronic chips. As a result, the burgeoning solar photovoltaics industry faces an electronic-waste problem.

Full story from GreenTech/CNet.
Download the PDF white paper from the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition.