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Fact Sheets

Materials Availability

Materials Availability

Date : June 2013
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Certain materials are more critical than others, hence the growing concern among policymakers and industries worldwide regarding materials availability. On the long run a shortage of a critical material of a given PV technology may cap its long term growth potential. However an even more severe immediate impact could be an increase of its price and production cost.
External Costs

External Costs

Date : June 2013
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A consumer pays the electricity price stated on his/her bill, as well as taxes, some of which may provide support to the electricity providers. The effects of living in a world polluted to a significant extent by fossil fuel based electricity generation, wind up as increased insurance, health, social and environmental costs. All costs paid by a consumer that are not (visibly) included in the market price have been included under the term ‘external costs’.
The PV Value Chain

The PV Value Chain

Date : September 2012
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A large part of the value of PV systems is created locally, regardless of where the cells have been made and modules have been assembled. This economic value is over and above the other benefits PV brings to the European consumer and to the continent as a whole, most notably reduction/substition of energy imports, environmental protection and climate change mitigation.
Job Creation

Job Creation

Date : September 2012
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Job creation is one of the most important drivers of economic growth and it has a direct impact on all citizens. As with all industrial activities and energy services, the photovoltaic sector needs human resources to produce, build, operate and finally recycle PV systems.
The Water Footprint

The Water Footprint

Date : March 2012
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Fresh water management will be one of the challenges of the 21st century. The photovoltaic (PV) industry as a developing source of energy takes into account this duty and minimizes the use of water over the whole life cycle. When measuring the environmental impact of a product, it is important to take into account the direct and indirect impacts throughout the entire product life-cycle.
Land Use and Biodiversity

Land Use and Biodiversity

Date : March 2012
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PV panels can be installed on homes (residential), on large commercial/industrial rooftops and they can be ground-mounted. A rough estimate shows that the share of the ground-mounted segment is usually below 20% in all larger markets. Ground-mounted solar power plants, or ‘solar parks’, have contributed considerably to bringing the costs of solar PV down. They currently reach costs levels of biogas and offshore-wind generation and are expected to be the most affordable clean energy source in the mid-term.
The Energy Pay Back Time

The Energy Pay Back Time

Date : March 2011
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The energy payback time (EPBT) of photovoltaic (PV) systems is an important criterion in understanding the sustainability of PV. The EPBT is the amount of time a PV system has to operate in order to compensate for the energy required to fabricate the system itself. quantitative methodology known as Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is used when calculating the EPBT.
The Carbon Footprint

The Carbon Footprint

Date : March 2011
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Photovoltaic (PV) systems have a very low carbon footprint with no CO2 emissions during operation, providing significant environmental benefits compared to traditional fossil-fuel or nuclear technologies. PV is therefore one of the most obvious sources of electricity when considering the development of a low carbon economy.

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Ioannis-Thomas Theologitis
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