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Solar Power Generation by Paul Breeze

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Chapter 11

Solar Integration and the Environmental Impact of Solar Power

Abstract

Solar power, particularly in the form of solar cells, provides one of the most important renewable energy sources for combating global warming by replacing fossil fuel generation and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. However, the production of silicon for solar cells, the most important source of solar power, is extremely energy intensive, and with the current global energy mix this creates a carbon footprint for solar electricity production. Even so, all types of solar power plants are less environmentally damaging than any type of fossil fuel plant. Solar power is intermittent, and when the level of grid penetration of solar power is high, measures must be taken ...

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