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Solar panel recycling will be a $15 billion business in 30 years, says new study


According to a new research study, released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), your old solar modules will be worth $15 billion in recyclable material by the year 2050. This potential material influx could produce 2 billion new panels. IRENA estimates that PV panel waste, comprised mostly of glass, could total 78 million tonnes globally. This end of life recycling ability will help finance future solar growth, and – more importantly – when combined with current industry recyclability at 96% (goal of 100%) will mean that solar power has, beyond a doubt, environmental credibility.