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Solar Myths and Misconceptions: Environmental Impact of Manufacturing Solar Panels | PHILERGY

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Metro Manila, Philippines - With the rapidly-growing solar energy market, valid concerns are raised about the manufacturing of its number one component - the solar panel.

Myth 1: Solar panels require more energy to make than what they produce in their lifetime. According to a study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the energy payback for photovoltaics (PV) is generally less than 4 years.

Reaping the environmental benefits of solar energy requires spending energy to make the PV system. But as this graphic shows, the investment is small. Assuming 30-year system life, PV-systems will provide a net gain of 26 to 29 years of pollution-free and greenhouse-gas-free electrical generation … So, for an investment of from 1 to 4 years worth of their energy output, PV systems can provide as much as 30 years or more of clean energy.

Myth 2: Solar manufacturing results in more pollution than is saved by solar usage. The NREL conclusively demonstrated through research at the National Center for Photovoltaics that PV systems avoid far more carbon dioxide and other pollution through their clean energy production than are introduced by the manufacturing of PV systems.

“An average U.S. household uses 830 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month. On average, producing 1000 kWh of electricity with solar power reduces emissions by nearly 8 pounds of sulfur dioxide, 5 pounds of nitrogen oxides, and more than 1,400 pounds of carbon dioxide. During its projected 28 years of clean energy production, a rooftop system with 2-year payback and meeting half of a household’s electricity use would avoid conventional electrical plant emissions of more than half a ton of sulfur dioxide, one-third a ton of nitrogen oxides, and 100 tons of carbon dioxide.”

The study concludes, “PV is clearly a wise energy investment with great environmental benefits!"

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Soluxtec, one of the panel brands PHILERGY offers, is committed to green energy. 100% of the electrical energy used in the manufacturing of products is solar and/or certified green. They are also constantly taking logical steps to reduce carbon footprint such as saving 30,000 tons of plastic annually (equivalent to 100,000 tons of carbon dioxide) by reducing usage of plastic parts in packaging pallets. They developed a patented aluminum frame system with an integrated nesting system, eliminating about 2,000,000 plastic parts.


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