Australia’s rooftop solar installations are the highest in the world, with approximately 70 million (25.3GW) installed so far since 2021, and more than 1 million panels will require replacement each year by 2031.
A single solar panel contains a wide variety of materials and components including Aluminium, Copper, Glass, Plastics, Silver, Lead and Silicon.
With so many solar panels in circulation and so many materials, Reclaim PV, a pioneering Australian company in South Australia, leapt at the chance to do something. Up until recently there hasn’t been an industry wide approach to managing the replacement and recycling of faulty, non-performing or end of life panels, But now users, installers and manufacturers of solar panels have an end-to-end solution to recover the installed modules as they are decommissioned. This means they can avoid landfill while supporting resource recovery and manufacturing.
Reclaim PV can recycle 100% of solar panels, and all of the materials extracted will be re-introduced into Australian material supply chains. The solar panels are recycled in an environmentally friendly and responsible way. No materials end up in landfill and all processing currently takes place in Australia.
This innovative way of reducing waste and ensuring end-of-life solar panels and solar cells get a second chance within the materials and resources supply chain, is called a circular economy. This is a continuous loop, where waste is reduced (or completely recycled) and the carbon footprints of all consumers and companies is greatly reduced. Renewable minerals for renewable energy.
If that isn’t more resourceful, we don’t know what is.