Energy at a Glance: Solar Power and the Environment

Published November 30, 2022

Quick Bullets:

Solar energy does not emit air pollution or greenhouse gases at the point of generation.

Solar power requires three times as much land per megawatt of electricity produced than coal, natural gas, or nuclear.

Solar panels create 300 times as much toxic waste per unit of energy produced as nuclear.

Solar panels and associated battery infrastructure usually contain toxic materials like lead and cadmium in quantities much higher than other energy sources.

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