25 Oct '13, 5pm

US PV Recycling: The Solar Industry Needs A Plan Now

"Recycling has to be part of what we do," noted moderator John Smirnow, VP of trade and competitiveness for the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), kicking off the Tuesday morning panel at Solar Power International (SPI). "For the solar industry to be truly sustainable, the whole supply chain has to be." The solar energy industry "has a great story to tell," agreed Jim Larson, principal consultant and Clean Tech practice lead at EORM, "but we also have to deal with the backend of what we're doing." The U.S. has roughly 10 GW cumulative installed capacity, nearly all of it in the past three years — why worry about end-of-life issues now? Larson showed projections of a tenfold surge in annual PV waste between 2014-2017 to 100,000 tons: "This issue is coming," he warned. And not all modules are making it to their 20-25 year warranty levels, either, plus there's other ty...

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