With its all-year sunshine, Arizona is a perfect state for solar. The state is ranked 5th nationwide for most installations and is projected to grow to the 4th spot in the next five years. As more panels are installed, the solar industry is developing scalable approaches to reusing and recycling PV modules when they reach end-of-life (EOL) status.
With residential, commercial, and utility-scale solar growing rapidly, the state needs a cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution to recycling PV modules when they reach end-of-life (EOL) status. SOLARCYCLE is a leading, premium provider of solar recycling services in Arizona.
In Arizona, when a solar panel is decommissioned, the regulations require solar asset owners to evaluate whether the solar panels contain hazardous components. But not all solar panels are hazardous — it depends on the panel’s vintage and construction. Management of hazardous solar panels has special requirements that don’t apply to standard, non-hazardous solar panels.
If the panels are hazardous, Arizona has a special exemption with alternative management standards for panels sent to legitimate recyclers such as SOLARCYCLE. Our expert team can help you quickly assess whether your solar assets are considered hazardous and to help you responsibly recycle both hazardous and non-hazardous panels in our permitted facility.
Tailored Recycling Solutions: We recognize that every customer has different needs, systems, financing, and geographic considerations. Our trained professionals begin with a consultation to identify your specific needs and craft a plan to optimize your portfolio. We provide a range of PV and solar panel recycling services including:
Panels are bulky and can be expensive to ship long distances. We mobilize quickly and get your panels off-site within days if needed. Our team of reverse logistics professionals will determine the most efficient route from your facility to our advanced recycling lines in Texas, Arizona and soon the Southeast. We also provide full decommissioning services.
We offer on-site as well as off-site testing using our PV Evolutions Lab-approved process to identify microcracks, hot spots, water ingress and more. When requested by our customers, we can find ways to extend the use of panels for another 5-10 years before they are recycled.
Low-Cost, Eco-Friendly Recycling
Our advanced, high-recovery recycling process extracts more than 95% of the value in a panel — returning key materials like aluminum, silver, silicon, and glass to the domestic supply chains. And our ISO-certified facilities are designed to protect workers and the environment, and reduce environmental impacts over time.
Advanced Environmental Reporting
Our customers care about protecting the environment and have stakeholders who want to see the metrics and the impact. Our Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Pablo Dias, leads the development of our recycling process, and oversees our use of Life Cycle Analysis to produce science-based environmental reporting for your team.
Solar panels are typically designed to have a 20- to 30-year lifespan — although some can produce power for much longer than that. Damage from the elements can sometimes shorten this lifespan, and asset owners may find that they greatly improve their facility’s output by repowering before a panel has reached its end-of-life. Our recycling experts can help you quickly evaluate your solar system and determine whether panels can be reused or recycled.
The answer to this depends on where your solar system is located. The State of Washington is the only U.S. state requiring reuse or recycling of PV, but other communities are exploring different policy strategies. To get a detailed review of the requirements in your location, contact us or give us a call.
SOLARCYCLE’s advanced recycling process recovers over 95% of a panel’s value — and we’re working hard to tackle that last 5%. Using our proprietary process, we can take a typical PV module and turn it into a range of materials that can be used for other purposes.
Panels in the U.S. that are not recycled are typically disposed of in a landfill.
Get in touch with SOLARCYCLE! We currently have two recycling facilities in Arizona and Texas — but we serve customers across the U.S.