Solar Power: Innovation, Sustainability, and Environmental Justice

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Univ of California Press, Mar 5, 2019 - Science - 344 pages
In this important new primer, Dustin Mulvaney makes a passionate case for the significance of solar power energy and offers a vision for a more sustainable and just solar industry for the future. The solar energy industry has grown immensely over the past several years and now provides up to a fifth of California’s power. But despite its deservedly green reputation, solar development and deployment have potential social and environmental consequences, from poor factory labor standards to landscape impacts on wildlife.

Using a wide variety of case studies and examples to trace the life cycle of photovoltaics, Mulvaney expertly outlines the state of the solar industry, exploring the ongoing conflicts between ecological concerns and climate mitigation strategies, as well as current trade disputes and the fate of toxins in solar waste products. This exceptional overview will outline the industry’s current challenges and possible future for students in environmental studies, energy policy, environmental sociology, and other aligned fields.
 

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Contents

tables
17
Green New Deal
47
Fasttracked solar projects sited on public lands in the California
126
Selected photovoltaic manufacturing facility closures
226
Notes
255
Bibliography
295
Index
323
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Dustin Mulvaney†is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at San Josť State University.

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