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Environment & Sustainability

Solar technologies offer a number of environmental benefits, including the reduction of harmful pollutants and carbon emissions in comparison to fossil fuel-based energy sources. Climate change, sustainability and recycling are all major areas of focus of the solar industry, which is taking steps to address environmental impacts throughout the lifecycle of solar products and projects.

Climate Change

Solar energy plays an important role in transitioning the U.S. to a low-carbon, sustainable future. Solar technologies can provide innovative, cost-effective solutions to reduce emissions in a number of sectors of the economy.

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PV Recycling

Most solar technologies produce useful energy for decades. However, as the volume of solar installations in the U.S. grows, the industry is planning ahead to ensure that panels are responsibly recycled once they reach the end of their useful life.

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National PV Recycling Program Aims at Discontinuing Disposal of Panels in Landfills

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) formally launched at Solar Power International a first-of-its-kind national solar photovoltaic (PV) recycling program to cement the sustainability of the U.S. solar industry.

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