SEIA National PV Recycling Program
Members of the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA) are committed to responsible end-of-life management and are proactively developing collection and recycling processes for the solar industry. Working alongside major solar manufacturers and installer-developers including First Solar, SunPower, Flex, JinkoSolar, Panasonic, SolarCity and Trina Solar, SEIA has established a state-of-the-art network of cost-effective recyclers that can responsibly manage PV waste and end-of-life disposal of PV panels. Some SEIA members already operate take-back and recycling programs for their products.
By creating this program that aggregates the services offered by recycling vendors and PV manufacturers, the industry is making it easier for consumers to select a cost-effective and environmentally responsible end-of-life management solution for their PV products.
Through an RFP process, SEIA’s PV Recycling Working Group will choose Preferred Recycling Partners who offer specific benefits only to SEIA members; however, their general services will be available to all interested parties. If you are not yet a member of SEIA but are interested in these benefits, click here.
Further, SEIA is planning proactive waste management strategies in an effort to make the entire industry landfill-free. This includes the national recycling network program, providing a portal for system owners and consumers to know how to responsibly recycle their PV systems, and investing in research and development for recycling technologies. With the goal of creating a long-term global circular economy, we’re not just thinking about how to take back and recycle PV – we’re thinking about how to repurpose its components into new products for a better future. We plan to invest the cost savings from effective waste management into research and development of PV’s “new life” after decades of service producing clean, renewable energy.
For more information on SEIA’s member efforts on sustainability and recycling, contact:
Sr. Director of Codes & Standards
Solar Energy Industries Association