Force Solar Energy Companies to Clean Up Their Act

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Target: Ernest Moniz, Secretary of the United States Department of Energy

Goal: Force solar energy companies to limit chemical and waste emissions so that the U.S. can benefit from their environmentally-sustainable energy

Solar energy companies are supposed to be the wave of the future. However, many of them have been lax on environmental performance and governing transparency. A recent report released by the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) revealed that many solar companies are emitting extensive chemicals and producing toxic sludge. Force solar energy companies to clean up their act so their products can become environmentally-sustainable once again.

It seems that many solar energy companies have become complacent about the environment, as only 35 percent of them responded to the SVTC’s environmental impact survey. These companies are failing to be transparent as well, considering that a quarter of the top companies neglect to make any environmental information publicly available. Solar companies are regularly emitting hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, nitric acid, and other chemicals similar to ones used in the semiconductor industry.

Solar employees regularly inhale potentially-hazardous silicon dust fumes as well. Although the U.S. has regulations on the use of such chemicals, solar companies often use materials with lax environmental laws, like China. The companies are also producing toxic sludge byproducts when the manufacturing process removes toxins from the water. Companies that don’t have their own treatment equipment ship it off-site, posing yet another health and safety risk. Sign the below petition to urge the U.S. Department of Energy to monitor the production of solar energy companies to ensure that they are not creating more harm than good.

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Dear Secretary Moniz,

While solar energy should be providing the American public with hope for a sustainable future, many companies are producing exorbitant amounts of gas emissions, toxic waste, and human health risks. Overall, the solar energy industry has become lax in its manufacturing process and is perpetuating environmentally-harmful habits.

I am urging you to work with solar energy industry leaders to establish a high set of standards for solar energy production and regulation. Companies must be able to limit and control the amount of chemical emissions and toxic waste to keep their employees safe and its products efficient. You must require non-compliant companies to be more transparent and report their environmental impact to the public. If we ever hope to reduce our country’s dependence on foreign fuel sources, U.S. solar energy companies must clean up their act and rise to the challenge.


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Photo credit: Nadine Y. Barclay via Wikimedia Commons

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