Here is what is catching the headlines in the Solar Industry :
Sustainable Business Reports : Hazardous Waste Weighs on Solar Industry’s Footprint
“There’s no comparison between the hazardous waste produced by the solar industry and fossil fuel industries, however. Gas and coal-fired power plants create more than 10 times the amount, according to Mulvaney.
Although solar advocates see this as an issue, they point out that at least this waste goes approved facilities – it doesn’t enter the air and water. In contrast, a coal plant sends all those chemicals straight into the air, which also pollutes the water and land. ”
Associated Press Reports : Solar industry grapples with hazardous wastes
” Fueled partly by billions in government incentives, the industry is creating millions of solar panels each year and, in the process, millions of pounds of polluted sludge and contaminated water.
While there are no specific industry standards, Smirnow, head of the solar industry association, is spearheading a voluntary program of environmental responsibility. So far, only seven of the group’s nearly 81 manufacturers have signed the pledge.
“We want (our program) to be more demanding, but this is a young industry and right now manufacturing companies are focused on survival,” he said.