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Old or damaged solar panel? Our Solar Panel recycling program will take them off your hands. Contact us to chat about your panel type and your disposal options. Photo c.o. World Wind & Solar

How to Recycle Solar Panels

Damaged, Old or Decommissioned; Sustainable Options Through End of Life

 

Need to get rid of your solar panels? Did you experience solar panel damage from hail or other severe weather and need to replace your units? Ensure you are making an informed decision regarding your specific solar product type, are following your local waste regulations, and fully understand your disposal options, liability and risks. Contact our Solar Panel Recycling team to help you identify your solar product type, your disposal options and to arrange a pickup.

 

Step 1 – Do Not Throw Solar Panels in the Garbage/Landfill

 

Solar panels are not garbage. They do not belong in a landfill. They often contain toxic materials, such as arsenic, cadmium, lead and selenium. Unwanted solar products need to be disposed of through a certified recycling partner.

 

Businesses need to be especially careful when disposing of solar products as regulations change very frequently. With clean energy, solar power and renewable energy processes growing quickly over the past decade or so, we are notified of the latest regulation changes and are here for you as a certified recycling partner. With strict adherence to EPA, DOT, MPCA and OSHA regulations, we help you navigate exactly what to do with your unwanted solar product. As technology advances, some photovoltaic solar panels will become outdated and you will need to get rid of them properly. While solar panels are meant to last for decades, many solar installers and operators are already facing high volumes of non-working panels and are anticipating recycling issues when current solar gardens are decommissioned in the future. As a certified recycling partner we have expertise in this waste stream that requires special management.

 

 

Step 2 – Identification of Your Solar Panel

It is critical to properly identify what type of solar product you have before you can determine how to legally dispose of it. Call us or schedule a meeting online and we will help you identify your type of solar panel. Sometimes the product label is not clear, the manufacturer uses terms you are not familiar with, or you are simply unfamiliar with the varieties of solar panels out there. Bottom line – don’t risk it, let us help you. We can help you identify your type of panel, we can even do testing if that is needed, and provide you with disposal options for your business.

 

 

 

3 types of solar panels
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Monocrystalline (silicon based)

Monocrystalline silicon is manufactured in such a way that it forms a continuous single crystal without grain boundaries. These types of panels can be recycled through our Solar Panel Recycling Program. See below for more details, call us at 800-795-1230 or schedule a pickup online.

 

Polycrystalline (silicon based)

Polycrystalline (or multicrystalline) silicon is manufactured in such a way that it consists of a number of small crystals, forming grains. These types of panels can be recycled through our Solar Panel Recycling Program. See below for more details, call us at 800-795-1230 or schedule a pickup online.

 

Thin Film

Thin film is a technology used to produce solar cells based on very thin layers of PV (photovoltaic) materials deposited over an inexpensive material (glass, stainless steel, plastic). Common thin film technologies include Copper indium gallium (di)selenide (CIGS), and Cadmium telluride (CdTe).

 

 

 

Step 3 – Solar Panel Recycling Options

Once you have properly identified your particular type of solar product, it is important to understand the regulations surrounding disposing of this product. There are currently no federal regulations in the US for collecting and recycling end-of-life solar panels, and therefore fall under the general waste regulations set forth in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, 1976 (RCRA) for managing hazardous and non-hazardous solid waste. Our recycling team will guide you through the details, however the general guidelines are as follows:

 

Minnesota Solar Panel Regulations

In Minnesota, solar panels discarded by a commercial entity must be assumed to be hazardous waste, due to the probable presence of heavy metals, unless proven to be non-hazardous through testing. MPCA – Toxics and Pollution PreventionThere is a statewide goal of 10% solar-generated electricity by 2030, which would result in approx. 6,000 Megawatts (MW) or about 21 million modules to be installed. With this anticipated spike in future decommissioning of solar units, it is expected that Minnesota will continue to re-evaluate state-wide regulations for end-of-life solar panel processing.

 

Silicon Based

Silicon based (monocrystalline and polycrystalline) solar panels can be recycled by TRC. It is imperative that your solar panel be identified by either a manufacturer’s label or TCLP testing prior to utilizing our Solar Panel Recycling Program. Please contact our team to discuss your solar panel recycling needs online or call us at 800-795-1230.

 

Hazardous Waste Disposal

As previously mentioned, solar panels in MN are assumed to be hazardous waste, unless proven otherwise. TRC can provide testing for your solar panel to determine a hazardous waste status. Please call with questions at 800-795-1230 or submit a request here.

 

 

 

 


Industries Served:

We support solar panel recycling for businesses nation-wide as renewable energy and solar technology continues in popularity.

Our solar recycling program includes (but is not limited to):

  • Manufacturing
  • Construction & Contractors
  • Government & Utilities
  • Education
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Food: Production, Processing & Labs
  • Senior/Memory Care
  • Recycling Centers & Landfills
  • City/County Municipalities
  • Agriculture
  • Restaurant

 


 

More Recycling Options

 

No Contact Battery Recycling Kits
No Contact Recycling Kits for Batteries and other Small Quantities of Universal Waste

No-Contact Recycling

Pre-paid recycling kits are available for small quantities of Universal Waste. These kits can be ordered online and shipped right to you.

For more info, call us at 1-800-795-1230 or email at recycle@retrofitcompanies.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 Decontamination Recycling Kit
COVID-19 Decontamination Recycling Kit

Decontamination Recycling Kits

Pre-paid recycling kits are available for small quantities of Universal Waste associated with COVID-19 decontamination, such as wipes, rags and used PPE. These kits can be ordered online and shipped right to you.

For more info, call us at 1-800-795-1230 or email at recycle@retrofitcompanies.com