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Solar panel recycling services in Texas

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Solar panel recycling services in Texas

Texas has more solar installed on its grid than any other US state, saving consumers billions of dollars and providing reliable energy during extreme weather conditions. 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 Texas and Odessa is home to our first recycling facility.

Solar panel disposal and compliance in Texas

When a solar panel is decommissioned in Texas, it can fall into one of three regulatory categories: Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), industrial non-hazardous waste, or hazardous waste. Each category has different requirements and which category a panel falls on depends on the type of facility where the panel is installed and the panel’s vintage and construction. If the panels could be considered hazardous, Texas has a special exemption that provides alternative management standards for panels sent to legitimate recyclers such as SOLARCYCLE. Our expert team can help you quickly assess which category of waste your solar assets falls into and we have the permits required to help you responsibly recycle panels no matter what category they fall into.

WORK WITH US

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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