Hail Hath No Fury: Why Climate Change And Solar Farms Don’t Mix


I just ran across a news story about a massive solar “farm” in Texas destroyed by hail. I will use the word “farm” only twice in this article in association with solar panels because that’s what everyone likes to call them, but putting solar panels on a vacant field is an insult to “farming,” so I’m going to call it a solar field instead. [emphasis, links added]

I then internet-searched “hailstorm destroys solar farm” (that’s the last time I’m using those two words together) and clicked on “Images.”

Stunning is the only word that comes to mind. This is not the first time delicate solar fields have been destroyed by nature — it’s happening all over.

But wait!  “Anthropogenic climate change” causes more frequent and more harsh hailstorms according to published studies like this one:

Hailstorms are dangerous and costly phenomena that are expected to change in response to a warming climate. In this Review, we summarize current knowledge of climate change effects on hailstorms. As a result of anthropogenic warming, it is generally anticipated that low-level moisture and convective instability will increase, raising hailstorm likelihood and enabling the formation of larger hailstones; the melting height will rise, enhancing hail melt and increasing the average size of surviving hailstones; and vertical wind shear will decrease overall, with limited influence on the overall hailstorm activity, owing to a predominance of other factors.

All those broken pieces of solar panels scattered all over the ground now create the possibility of groundwater contamination, since solar panels can leach toxic materials:

“…solar panels contain toxic materials like lead that can leach out as they break down, landfilling also creates new environmental hazards.”

I live in Northern Indiana, and we have hail frequently. We also have a new solar field just a stone’s throw away from my shop.

The effect of a hailstorm on that field crossed my mind, but now it’s front and center since we also rely on groundwater here.

I do not want to depend on this thing if bad weather, a normal occurrence, can simply knock it out and when it does, my clean groundwater is now threatened.

No thank you, I’ll take my chances with reliable hydroelectric, coal, and nuclear.

Top image via Fox News/screencap

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