SolarRecycle.org officially launches today, an informational website that supports the industry in its drive to create a more sustainable and responsible supply chain. Its creators recognized that a major hurdle to solar equipment recycling is the lack of centralized access to information on what to do with used solar equipment. This resource is designed to quickly connect solar asset owners, O&M providers, and others with the vendors that will keep solar waste out of the landfills.
The new website aggregates valuable information on where to donate or sell used equipment, how to recycle solar equipment, and state and federal policy related to solar recycling and waste classification. The site features an interactive map, highlighting recycling service providers known in each state. While this is a fledgling sector of the industry, the number of providers is growing, and SolarRecycle.org aims to consolidate this information to make it as easy as possible for all contractors to handle materials responsibly.
“How many solar companies have piles of used and broken equipment in their warehouse? This website can help connect you with options to sell, donate, or recycle those items and free up your space – and your conscience,” Kate Collardson, a volunteer with SolarRecycle.org, commented. “It is our responsibility to keep waste out of the landfills and ensure that solar equipment is used to the fullest extent possible. Our website offers a quick and easy way for solar contractors to find the information they need to implement responsible solutions.”
Admittedly, the website is not yet a comprehensive resource. “We hope that others will add to the site as a way to centralize research and access to resources,” continued Kate Collardson. “In the end, it will save everyone time and money to access this information in one central location.”
We touched on this site briefly, pre-launch, in our Power Forward! interview: