Scientists continue to search for a method of converting photons into usable energy on earth that is cheaper and more efficient (4). The search is not hopeless, progress prevails (4). c. Solar power was meant to be used as an alternative to unclean conventional power sources, and it is. Solar power, however, has a few negative impacts on the environment as well (11). People are concerned about the amount of space solar technology requires (11).
Solar power technology demands a lot of space, and in order to get that space homes must be demolished (11). Other animals lose their homes on a daily basis due to deforestation and human activities such as construction, this is one of the ways their homes are lost. The photovoltaic systems, however, can be relocated to lowquality locations such as abandoned mining territory, transportation and transmission corridors, or brown fields (11). Smaller scale
systems gift society with the advantage of being roofinstallable and don't negatively impact this land use issue (3, 11). Though solar cells don't use up water in order to convert light energy, water is used to manufacture the equipment (11). Also, large scale solar systems require 600 to 650 gallons of water per megawatthour in order to continuously cool the systems due to overheating (11). The process a photovoltaic cell undergoes during the manufacturing portion of its life can produce hazardous materials (11). Most of these