Overview map shows Energetic Payback time solar panels in Europe

Energy payback

The Energy Payback Time is often used as a measure of the climate friendliness of an energy source. This is the time required to recover the energy that is consumed during production. The figure below shows the Energy Payback Time of multicrystalline solar panels in Europe. In Belgium, it takes an average of one year […]

How climate (un)friendly is the production of solar energy?

PV modules Desert

Solar energy is often considered as one of the most environmentally friendly energy sources on earth. However, certain skeptics ask serious questions about the sustainability of solar panels. MO submitted this statement to experience expert Pierre Verlinden, who has been active in the PV sector for forty years.  “Electricity produced with coal expels 1,000 grams of carbon […]