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Solar photovoltaic is finally a net producer of energy

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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.

One Response to Solar photovoltaic is finally a net producer of energy

  1. ratbagradio Sun, May 19, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

    This a myth which also happens to be dead wrong.

    Solar cells do not take more energy to make than they produce and that’s been the case for some time.

    Even the assertion makes no consideration of panel life span, amount of sunshine nor energy inputs.