I know I’ve read this in an article somewhere, but I can’t for the life of me find it again…
When a new solar panel is manufactured, the materials must first be mined, refined, assembled into components, transported to a factory, and combined to make the final product. This all requires energy, the vast majority of which comes from fossil fuels. How much CO2 (on average) does this process release into the atmosphere?
My real interest is in how much CO2 would be released if the the U.S. replaced all non-transportation energy supplies with solar power simultaneously, but the answer to my first question is a good start.
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