These days, most of us are good about recycling. Some cities now require it. We recycle paper, bottles, cans, and even electronics.
But most people don’t think about recycling solar panels. PV panels last a long time, so this hasn’t been a major issue yet.
Why recycling solar panels matters
Still, solar panels will eventually wear out. And given that an important benefit of clean solar power is its sustainability, it would be counterproductive for solar panels to create waste or pollution.
We already have more than 227 gigawatts of solar installed worldwide, with more being installed all the time. That makes it all the more important to have a plan for recycling solar panels.