Advances in solar photovoltaic technology has boosted output of the panels so that (finally) solar PV is a net producer of electricity. Until until now, PV panels took more electricity to manufacture than the panels generated. That has finally flipped.
The amount of energy generated by all of the world’s installed solar PV panels finally surpassed the amount of energy it took the industry to fabricate modules to fuel its rapid growth since 2000.
It takes energy to create energy. There’s no way around that. The best we can hope for it increasingly more efficient ways of generating energy. It also takes considerable amounts of water to build any type of energy generation equipment. However solar PV, along with wind power, use tiny amounts of water in their creation of electricity. Coal, natural gas, nuclear, and solar thermal by contrast, use large amounts of water.