SDG 07: Affordable and Clean Energy

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Solar panels are made from semiconducting silicon cells layered up and combined with other substances to create electrical poles. Image: Unsplash/American Public Power Association

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2010 solar PV manufacturing capacity.
Charts comparing 2010 and 2021 solar PV manufacturing capacity - with China’s share now exceeding 80%. Image: IEA
2021 solar panel manufacturing capacity.
Charts comparing 2010 and 2021 solar PV manufacturing capacity - with China’s share now exceeding 80%. Image: IEA

Key stages in the main manufacturing process for solar panels
Silicon is a key raw ingredient in solar panel production. Image: International Energy Agency

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