CALIFORNIA NEWS: Environmental Issues

News related to environmental issues associated with solar developments in the state. These range from strictly local issues to those with statewide import.


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How Does Solar Power Benefit the Environment?

The solar power industry is scorching hot.  In 2020, despite the pandemic, solar power installation increased by a whopping 43%. Read More →

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Opinion: Panels just tip of the solar waste iceberg

Solar energy may be termed “clean” energy, but the solar panels themselves are not. Approximately 90 percent of most modules are made of glass, which often cannot be recycled due to impurities. These impurities include plastics, lead, cadmium and antimony. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) estimates we now have 250,000 metric tons of solar panel waste in the world, with 78 million tons projected in 30 years. Read More →

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Solar farm outside Joshua Tree National Park gets go-ahead from Trump administration

The Interior Department said Thursday (May 17, 2018)  it plans to approve the Palen solar farm, which would be built Read More →

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Renewable Energy Drives California Emissions Reductions

California’s 5% reduction in greenhouse gases in 2016 is almost entirely due to the replacement of fossil fuel generation with Read More →

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Solar and wind are booming — just not in the California desert

The United States added more than 11 gigawatts of solar power last year, according to a report from the federal Energy Information Read More →

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