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Sunday, September 15, 2019

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in 2016 estimated there was about 250,000 metric tonnes of solar panel waste in the world at the end of that year. IRENA projected that this amount could reach 78 million metric tonnes by 2050. Solar panels often contain lead, cadmium, and other toxic chemicals that cannot be removed without breaking apart the entire panel. "Approximately 90% of most PV modules are made up of glass," notes San Jose State environmental studies professor Dustin Mulvaney. "However, this glass often cannot be recycled as float glass due to impurities. Common problematic impurities in glass include plastics, lead, cadmium and antimony."


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Fascinating, virtue signaling, putting the short term for feel goods, not thinking about the long term.


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Not any cleaner than wind energy.


#1 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-09-15 01:13 PM | Reply

Yeah, but it's all made in China where we can't see the pollution.

Liberal consumers don't care about 'other people, over there'.

Here's where all your tech waste ends up - www.scoopwhoop.com

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-09-15 01:50 PM | Reply

Jeff tried this same thing. He got burnt badly.

#3 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2019-09-15 02:18 PM | Reply

In July 2017, Washington became the first U.S. state to require manufacturers selling solar panels to have a plan to recycle. But the legislature did not require manufacturers to pay a fee for disposal. "Washington-based solar panel manufacturer Itek Energy assisted with the bill's writing," noted Solar Power World.
The problem with putting the responsibility for recycling or long-term storage of solar panels on manufacturers, says the insurance actuary Milliman, is that it increases the risk of more financial failures like the kinds that afflicted the solar industry over the last decade. Any mechanism that finances the cost of recycling PV modules with current revenues is not sustainable. This method raises the possibility of bankruptcy down the road by shifting today's greater burden of caused' costs into the future. When growth levels off then PV producers would face rapidly increasing recycling costs as a percentage of revenues. Since 2016, Sungevity, Beamreach, Verengo Solar, SunEdison, Yingli Green Energy, Solar World, and Suniva have gone bankrupt.

The result of such bankruptcies is that the cost of managing or recycling PV waste will be born by the public. "In the event of company bankruptcies, PV module producers would no longer contribute to the recycling cost of their products," notes Milliman, "leaving governments to decide how to deal with cleanup." ~ FTA

In CA we have to pay a disposal free for TV's and other Electronic devices ..... not so with PV's .... so eventually the cost will be on the consumer, which will just toss them in the garbage heap rather than pay for recycling costs.

#4 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-09-15 02:18 PM | Reply

Recycling is code for "shipping it overseas".

#5 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-09-15 02:38 PM | Reply

This thread doesn't support the narrative that ecotopia is possible and just around the corner.

#6 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-09-16 10:05 AM | Reply

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