Solar Panels and Your Community

Fact sheets

Brian Lawson and Kenesaw Burwell work on panels that the Energy Department is using to leverage a Power Purchase Agreement with Sun Edison and Xcel Energy.

As solar facilities are proposed in more and more communities, community members have questions about what materials are included in solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, and if they pose an environmental or health risk to surrounding neighbors.

This fact sheet explores how utility-scale solar facilities are safe for your community, and answers the questions:

  • What is inside of a solar panel?
  • Are the materials in solar panels safe?
  • Can solar panels leach chemicals or metals?
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