Solar energy has long been one of the great hopes for fighting climate change and liberating the world from fossil fuels. And it's easy to see why solar has captured the collective imagination: All those photovoltaic panels look so shiny, futuristic, clean, and green. Producing solar PV modules involves a witch's brew of toxic chemicals. And spooky fog for good measure.That's not quite the case. Any form of energy production has its dirty side and solar is no exception. While its impact is nowhere near that of coal-fired power plants, photovoltaic modules are made from a witch's brew of toxic …
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Todd Woody is an environmental and technology journalist based in California who writes for The New York Times, Quartz, and other publications.
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