Are there any environmental downsides to solar panels?

Title! Do solar panels have any negative affects?

3 comments

  1. A few.

    The biggest one is that they can require rare minerals, and so the environmental effects of mining come into play (although at a lesser scale than coal, of course).

    Solar power may also require construction in areas that were previously protected, for various reasons.

    There’s no free lunch, everything has a cost and a tradeoff. But you can get a much cheaper lunch.

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