Submission

title
Dirt/Dust Vegetation Control & Concrete Asphalt
short description
dirt/dust vegetation control and Eco-Friendly replacement for asphalt, concrete access road for commercial and utility solar farms
Full Description
Soiled solar panels from dirt/dust from the ground, dirt roads at large commercial, utility-scale projects decreased PPA revenue and increased O&M cost for developers/owners.

Weed or vegetation management is particularly important for ground-mounted solar systems. Tall weeds growing around the installation can create shading, which can negatively impact system production.

Currently petroleum-based asphalt, concrete and dirt roads allow maintenance and emergency vehicles to access all parts of the solar farms. Many workers are exposed to fumes from asphalt, a petroleum hydrocarbon based product used extensively in road paving, roofing, siding, and concrete work. Also, hydrocarbon based products contain chemicals not friendly to the soil and stormwater runoff. Workers exposed to asphalt fumes are at risk of developing headaches, rashes, cough, and possibly cancer.

Cement manufacture for concrete contributes greenhouse gases both directly through the production of carbon dioxide when calcium carbonate is thermally decomposed, producing lime and carbon dioxide, and also through the use of energy, particularly from the combustion of fossil fuels.

Petroleum products and greenhouse gases products are toxic to every living species and plant life on this planet.

There should be an Eco-Friendly Cost-Effective solution/s for these above issues at solar farms.

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