Solar customers, particularly early adopters, want confidence that the disposal of solar panels will adhere to a philosophy of reduce, reuse, and recycle. However, there isn’t a capability in the U.S.  to handle very much of the projected solar waste from existing panels. The projected growth of residential solar applications is likely to create even greater volumes of solar waste in the future that will need to be removed, transported, recycled, or stored.

“Solar IQ” is a joint effort of DEFG and Questline to provide ongoing research and customer-facing content aligned with the solar customer journey. Solar IQ research was conducted to better understand the challenge of solar waste.

There are obstacles that must be overcome before there is a process ready for the impending volume of panels.
Karen Lefkowitz, lead analyst of the research and CEO of Sunset Energy

Sunset Energy conducted this research that points to a growing problem of what to do with solar technlogies when it is time to remove the systems from customers’ property. The existing 375 MW of installed residential solar panels roughly translates in to 1,500,000 rooftop panels which, ultimately, will equate to 30,000 tons of solar waste. There are obstacles that must be overcome before there will be a process ready for the impending volume of panels. The reports sets forth several of the issues that must be tackled.

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