Bibliography for theme 2: How green are solar panels?

Topic Idea: For this blog theme I would like to look at the energy that is required to make solar panels, verses how the amount of energy that is generated from solar panels in a year. Although solar power seems like a sustainable method for creating power for homes, towns, and businesses; there is still a need for fossil fuels to create solar panels. I hope to find out whether or not solar panels are truly as sustainable as most think; how much CO2 is emitted by creating solar panels, and if there is another way to creating solar panels, like using recycled plastics, or electronic equipment.


Audience: There could be many different audiences for this topic. Homeowners, or businesses looking to lessen their carbon footprint could be a few possible audiences.


Source 1: Dale, Michael, and Sally M. Benson. “Energy Balance of the Global Photovoltaic (PV) Industry – Is the PV Industry a Net Electricity Producer?” Environmental Science and Technology 47, no. 7 (February 26, 2013): 3482-489. Accessed February 18, 2016. This article looks at how much energy solar panels create, and how much energy is needed to create solar panels.


Source 2: Nunez, Christina. “How Green Are Those Solar Panels, Really?” National Geographic. November 11, 2014. Accessed February 18, 2016. This article looks at the carbon footprint solar panels could be leaving on the world.


Source 3: “Environmental Impacts of Solar Power.” Union of Concerned Scientists. March 05, 2013. Accessed February 18, 2016. This article looks at the impacts of producing solar panels.

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