What Impact Do Solar Panels Have On the Environment?

Domestic and commercial solar panels have soured as a leading popular choice for reducing your carbon footprint and helping the environment to heal.

That being said, many people decide to sit on the fence in regards to renewable energy sources such as solar panel systems feeling that the batteries and materials mined to make the panels – such as silicon, cadmium, copper and others – still have an environmental impact.

Let us take a look at the positives and negatives associated with solar panel systems.

Grid Dependence

The biggest selling point for people adopting green energy solar panel systems is that it reduces the reliance on the national grid by producing clean energy at home.

With the less demand we have on traditional sources like gas and coal, the environment is cleaned of dirty energy and our homes are saving money on utility bills as a result. A future where everyone is producing their energy and having a fully sustainable home through a combination of solutions, as well as solar panels, is the way to go to achieve full independence.

Pollutive Free

Solar panels also do not emit greenhouse gases, which is why they are so good for the environment. When we use traditional fossil fuels like natural gas and coal, greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere such as carbon monoxide and methane.

When you replace these fossil fuels with green energy sources, the amount of greenhouse gases you are responsible for is greatly reduced. Fossil fuel gets trapped in the atmosphere and causes global warming, and also is responsible for the smog you see in large city areas, damaging the atmosphere and our lungs as a result.


Solar panels are a product that can be broken down and their components are all recyclable.

The parts include glass, aluminium, cell modules and silicon wafers which are all recyclable materials and provide no avenue for waste. This means when a panel approaches the end of its lifespan, its materials and components can be used to make the next generation of renewable energy devices.

Whilst many people look at the materials mined to create solar panels, it should be stressed that these materials can also be recycled and reused. Solar technology is improving year on year not just in terms of efficiency, but also in terms of lifespan and recyclability also.

Contact the team at Positive Energy Solutions today for all of your domestic and commercial solar requirements.

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