Revealed: the Best and Worst Solar PV Panels You Can Buy

Your solar electricity may not be as clean as you think. Those shiny panels use the same technologies as are used in the wider electronics industry, which is known to have ethical and environmental problems both at the manufacturing stage and at the point of disposal. But every year, the Silicon Valley Toxic Coalition produces a scorecard of how well manufacturers are performing in making their products safer and less polluting. They have just published their latest edition (see below). Your solar energy may not be as clean as you think. The Silicon Valley Toxic Coalition has recently produced a new scorecard ranking manufacturers on safety, pollution and human rights. You can use it to help choose the best manufacturer. The top three suppliers for 2014 are Trina, Sunpower and Yingli . The Solar Scorecard is based on SVTC’s annual survey of photovoltaic (PV) module manufac...

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