Clean energy, dirty panels

11/8/2009 | NYTimes.com

Arizona-based First Solar is the world's leading producer of ultrathin photovoltaic panels, a new technology that offers hope for wide-scale solar deployment. But the panels contain a compound of a toxic metal that Europe has banned in most products. Industry representatives are hoping to fend off a complete ban, but the situation raises questions about the competing environmental concerns involved in some clean-energy technologies.

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