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California Went Big On Rooftop Solar, Creating an Environmental Danger in the Process

By Rachel Kisela

California has been a pioneer in pushing for rooftop solar power, building up the largest solar market in the U.S. More than 20 years and 1.3 million rooftops later, the bill is coming due.

Beginning in 2006, the state, focused on how to incentivize people to take up solar power, showered subsidies on homeowners who installed photovoltaic panels but had no comprehensive plan to dispose of them. Now, panels purchased under those programs are nearing the end of their 25-year lifecycle.

Many are already winding up in landfills, where components that contain toxic heavy metals such as selenium and cadmium can contaminate groundwater.

For the full story from the Los Angeles Times, click here.

Rachel Kisela is a journalist and freelance video editor based in Los Angeles.

For more on problems with solar power, click here and here.

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Rachel Kisela
Rachel Kisela
Rachel Kisela is a journalist and freelance video editor based in Los Angeles.

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