The rise of solar energy over the past decade has transformed the electricity industry. With the potential to help move our world toward a clean and renewable source of electricity, Auric Solar is proud to support the industry’s rapid growth. But as the volume of solar installations increase, so does the issue of properly disposing of panels. So what happens to solar panels when they reach the end of their lifetime? Fortunately, solar companies are looking for ways to recycle and reuse solar modules.
Solar Panel Recycling
Solar panels are comprised of substances such as metal, aluminum, glass, and semiconductor materials that can be captured and reused in the manufacture of new photovoltaic (PV) modules of other products. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and several solar manufacturers, including First Solar, SunPower, and SolarCity, are working together in an effort to make the solar industry landfill-free through research, education, and innovation. The SEIA recycling program allows consumers to select an affordable and environmentally responsible solution for recycling their PV products. In fact, recycling costs have decreased due to a continuous investment in technology improvements. Manufacturing new panels using recycled components not only maintains the eco-friendliness of the solar industry, but also drives down costs of solar energy.
Creating a Sustainable Future
In about 30 years, we will begin seeing a surge of growth in solar panel recycling. As we work to achieve a sustainable future, we must no longer look at end-of-life solar panels as waste, but as a beneficial and valuable resource. Are you ready to join the green energy movement? Contact the experts at Auric Solar today at to schedule your FREE energy consultation.