The Environmental Footprint of the Solar Industry

The Environmental Footprint of the Solar Industry
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Zac Helmberger
Zac Helmberger
1 month ago

Currently, in the “manufacturing” model of business, PV panels and batteries, etc. fall into the hands of “owners” who generally have little idea of what they are dealing with and are not optimizing their systems to maximize battery life, PV life, etc. This generates MASSIVE piles of abused, dead batteries that will likely end up in landfills that COULD have produced a long service life if managed by experienced service providers. The manufacturing model of business is like going to see a prostitute: “Give me the money and I’ll give you the goods.” The “service of” model of business is… Read more »

Zac Helmberger
Zac Helmberger
1 month ago

So you want to make the PV panels last a long time, you want the batteries and controllers to last a long time. It is in the interest of the service provider to make sure the PV array, the charge controller and the batteries are perfectly optimized to maximize service life. It is also in their interest to make the PV panels and the batteries and the controllers, etc out of materials that can easily be reprocessed back into new panels, new controllers, new batteries, etc. Now you can see that landfills will go out of business if the “service… Read more »

Zac Helmberger
Zac Helmberger
1 month ago

In this business model, the service provider is forcibly driven to maximize the reliability and lifetime of their systems. It is in their interest to minimize energy and resource consumption AND costly service provider intervention to maintain/repair/upgrade their assets, while providing the service of Solar power systems to their subscribers. In this business model, subscriber satisfaction is paramount. Minimizing the costs of providing that satisfaction means lower subscription fees for the subscriber, which should increase their satisfaction in the service.

Zac Helmberger
Zac Helmberger
1 month ago

The manufacture of solar panels under the “manufacturing model” of business is a disaster in the making. In about 20 years, there will be a flood of panels piling up in landfills and the flood will never stop unless an alternative technology is developed, if they they suicidally keep on truckin’ with the “manufacturing” business model. PV manufacturers MUST abandon the “manufacturing” model of business and subscribe to the “service of” model of business. In the “service of” model of business, the service provider manages their assets (PV panels, controllers batteries etc). And subscribers subscribe to the “service of convenient,… Read more »

john hall
john hall
1 year ago

I remember back in the 1980’s when Jeremy Rifkin was waging that war against Biotechnology.You couldn’t pick up a newspaper or magazine without reading about him filing lawsuits against it.He warned that they were rushing into this without weighing the implications of this new technology on society and the enviorment.But now,he’s getting people all excited and anxious to switch to renewable energy.The problem here is Rifkin’s not raising concerns and issues with renewable energy like he did with Biotechnology.He’s not questioning the toxic chemicals and materials used in the manufacturing of solar panels.And he’s not taking legal action against the… Read more »

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