Industrial as well as residential areas nowadays, are shifting their dependence more on electricity produced through solar energy. Increasing number of power cuts and decline in supply hours have led to the advent of development and dependence on solar panels for houses in past few decades. It is a widely accepted fact that solar energy is great renewable form of energy which won’t end any soon.
The advantages of these solar panels are clear to see, but along with the benefits accompany some severe risks such as unprofessional or inappropriate use and disposal of solar equipment like solar batteries, lights etc. can culminate serious health as well as environment hazards. Where there is heat and electricity, risk accompanies. To list a few potential risks of solar panels, they are:
- Rooftop panels-Solar panels installed on rooftop create a higher degree of risk especially for the firefighters. They face a new menace from these panels as they become a hindrance in their working. It becomes troublesome for the firefighters to function from rooftops in presence of solar panels.
- Emergency cuts-A major problem associated with solar panel is that the power cannot be cut in case of emergency. This happens because the panels are charged with the stored power in them.
- Withstand natural calamities-Rain, wind, snow and other natural changes may have an adverse effect on solar panels resulting in the decay of clamps and panels risking the house in case of a rooftop panel.
- Health hazard –These solar panels are also a producer of radiations which are vulnerable to cause grave well-being hazard for people who are a lazar of electromagnetic hypersensitivity, commonly known as EHS. Any person suffering from electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) can get ailing from very small amount of electromagnetic radiation, even from the ones emitted by the mobile phones, personal computers or other electronic devices and solar power panels release such radiations.
- Electrical hazards-The solar panels generate DC (Direct Current) and the current needs to pass through an “inverter” to convert into AC (Alternating Current). If this whole system of converting DC to AC is not installed and monitored properly, it is a big electrical risk and might lead to electrocution hazards which are extremely dangerous and might be fatal as well.
- Chances of explosion-A mechanical overload might lead to panel explosion that can severely injure people.
- Materials used in manufacturing-Solar panels are made of photovoltaic (PV) material which is extremely toxic in nature. Silicon is also used on these panels which is obtained by mining silicon dioxide and then subjecting it to intense heat. The process releases many toxic materials into the atmosphere causing air pollution. It is also used to coat the solar panels, which can enter in the respiratory system on inhalation and can cause serious damages.
Thus, the solar panel like every little thing on this planet, also has the negative face with disadvantages. There are not much cases or damage caused reportedly by solar panels but the fear exists that the long-term effect of these solar panels can be hazardous.