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Research warns of hazy future for solar farms

Aug 30, 2018, 8:00 AM EDT
(Source: Oregon Department of Transportation/flickr)
(Source: Oregon Department of Transportation/flickr)

According to a new study by scientists at MIT and Singapore, smog augurs doom and gloom for solar farms by lowering their productivity and nibbling away the profits from this renewable source.

The dust buildup on the surface of the solar panels in the world’s most polluted cities can slash electricity generation by around 10 percent, which is equivalent of a loss worth $20 million, notes Popular Mechanics.

Such reduction in efficiency reflects in the economics of solar farms and can turn them from a money-minting venture to a money-guzzling facility. A proposed remedy is installing even more solar farms to cut down the reliance on fossil fuels and eventually slash emissions that lead to smog, reports Scientific American.

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