Millions of Tons of Solar Panels Set to Expire by 2050

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Millions of Tons of Solar Panels Set to Expire by 2050

Solar panels are a huge source of renewable, clean energy. The energy is pollution-free and emits zero greenhouse gas after installation. Solar panels reached wide installation in the early 2000s and have a useful life of about 25 years…so what happens in the next few years when millions are set to expire?

By 2050, the International Renewable Energy Agency estimates that 78 million metric tons of solar panels will have reached the end of their lives. By then, the world will be generating about 6 million metric tons of new solar e-waste annually.

These giant sheets of electronic waste are composed of photovoltaic (PV) cells that convert sunlight to electricity. When these panels enter landfills, valuable resources go to waste. And because solar panels contain toxic materials like lead, landfilling also creates new environmental hazards.

Here at Echo Environmental, we work with many of the largest solar manufacturers, EPC, O&M’s, and energy companies in North America. We can help their environmental impact on the earth and reduce their risk of non-compliance.

Echo Environmental can take excess, surplus, used, and liquidated solar equipment including modules, laminates, inverters, charge controllers, solar glass, frames and more.  B and C Grade from Solar Manufacturing processes are also welcome! 

With the exception of a state law in Washington, the US has no solar recycling mandates. It is our responsibility to be environmentally conscious when it comes to recycling solar panels because, as of this year, only about 10 percent of this technology is being recycled. The rest is exported overseas for reuse in developing countries with weak environmental protections or worse yet, landfilled or processed by sham recyclers who recover the aluminum and landfill the valuable glass and photovoltaics (PV).

Solar panel manufacturers and the solar industry in general have a responsibility to make a positive environmental impact on the planet, and we can help!  Email us to inquire about pricing today.