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Solar Power Station

MYTH: Lowered Property Values

Many studies have shown that large scale solar farms do not have a negative impact on property values to adjacent landowners. There has been no evidence of an impact to the sale of agricultural or residential property adjacent to large scale solar farms. 

Solar’s Impact on Rural Property Values - The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers

Solar and Property Value - The Solar Energy Industry Association

An Exploration of Property-Value Impacts Near Utility-Scale Solar Installations - The University of Texas at Austin

Q: Will a solar project hurt neighbors' property values?
A: Well screened projects DO NOT affect property values.

Solar Power Station

MYTH: Solar Recyclability

“By weight, most solar panels are around 80 percent glass and aluminum which are easy components to recycle at general-purpose recycling centers. Solar panels also contain at least one rare or precious metal which may be recycled at the end of its useful life. Metal racking, framing, copper wire, and other equipment may offer scrap value that can offset decommissioning costs.” - CCEBA Solar Decommissioning Fact Sheet

Circular economy priorities for photovoltaics in the energy transition - PLOS One Journal

Evaluation of potential health and environmental impacts from end-of-life disposal of photovoltaics- NOVA Science Publishers

​End-of-Life Management for Solar Photovoltaics: Recycling

Q: What happens to the solar panels once a project is being decommissioned? Can they be recycled?
A: Yes, solar panels can be recycled or repurposed at the end of their useful life.

Solar Panels

MYTH: Toxic Waste, Leaching from Panels

There are no studies indicating negative health impacts from a solar project site. The compounds within solar panels - Cadmium Telluride, Silicon, and others - do not leech (or escape/leak) from panels even during extreme weather conditions that damage panels (see Virginia Tech study). Materials inside a solar panel are solid and fully encapsulated in tempered glass. 

Health and Safety Impacts of Solar Photovoltaics - North Carolina State Extension

Assessment of the Risks Associated with Thin Film Solar Panel Technology -The Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research​

Q: Do solar panels leach toxic materials and pollute the environment?
A: NO.

Solar Energy

MYTH: Heat Islands

Research indicates that any heat around or immediately above a solar project quickly dissipates. With the temperature dropping after sunset, it is very unlikely a heat island could occur as the system completely cools overnight. Solar panels operate more efficiently at lower temperatures, and it is in the best interest of solar project owners to keep temperatures lower with vegetative ground cover.

Analysis of the Potential for a Heat Island Effect in Large Solar Farms - Columbia University 

Q: Will a solar project create a heat wave or heat island over the land on which it is located?
A: No, studies have not shown any significant increase in temperatures over and around a solar facility.

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