New label to designate solar modules made with less carbon

Inside Toledo Solar's manufacturing plant, where the company produce cadmium telluride thin-film solar modules.(Courtesy: Toledo Solar)

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Buyers of solar modules will soon have an easier time selecting modules produced with lower levels of embodied carbon.

Most of the world's solar modules are produced in Southeast Asia and China, where the carbon intensity of crystalline silicon module production is more than twice that of a module manufactured in the U.S., according to the International Energy Agency.

The non-profit Global Electronics Council has established what it said is the world's first ecolabel to set thresholds on the embodied carbon in solar PV modules and guide purchasers in search of a more environmentally friendly product.

The solar ecolabel has been add

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