Ask Pablo: Do Solar Panels Contribute To The Heat Island Effect?

Solar Panels Photovoltaic PC Sunset Image Image credit: Bernd Sieker, used under Creative Commons license. Dear Pablo: Does installing commercial rooftop solar PV (with the dark-colored PV cells) negate the effect of painting that same roof white to alleviate the "heat island" effect in cities? When the sun's energy arrives at the Earth's surface it is either reflected or absorbed. When more energy is absorbed than n...Read the full story on TreeHugger