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. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es3038824. 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. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2014/11/141111-solar-panel-manufacturing-sustainability-ranking/. 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. http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/our-energy-choices/renewable-energy/environmental-impacts-solar-power.html#bf-toc-1. This article looks at the impacts of producing solar panels.