Solar panels have long been the figurehead of the sustainability movement. They are the celebrities of being “off-grid,” representing everything it means to building a lifestyle in harmony with the earth. But how earth-friendly are solar panels?

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Millions of tonnes of solar panels hit landfills each year, and that number is only expected to grow. Though the state of Washington and parts of Europe encourage manufacturers to handle recycling their panels, the makeup of panels does not make dismantling them so easy. Business Casual hosts Daniel Litwin and Tyler Kern uncover the hidden costs of solar panels, including their short life span and challenging recycling process. The two query, “What are the long term impacts of pursuing this renewable energy?”

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