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Solar panel recycling services in New York

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Solar panel recycling services in New York

New York State has a robust solar market, and a state climate law requires that all power come from clean sources by 2040, with over 70% needing to come from renewable energy.  

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 New York.

Solar panel disposal and compliance in New York

New York’s regulations currently 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. Specific counties in New York have additional requirements. SOLARCYCLE’s expert team can help you quickly assess whether your solar assets are considered hazardous or just standard solid waste and how to responsibly recycle them.  

Looking forward, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed adding solar panels to the state’s Universal Waste UW) program. Categorizing retired panels as UW will have a significant impact on disposal and compliance options, but the true effect will only be clear once the rulemaking details are finalized. SOLARCYCLE is keeping a close watch on regulatory developments in New York and how they will impact your ability to responsibly recycle solar panels

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Your full-service solar recycling partner

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:

Reverse Logistics

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.  

Rapid Testing

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.

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