SVTC welcomes your participation in the 2016-17 Solar Scorecard

January 9th, 2017

The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) is conducting our annual survey of manufacturers of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, and we would greatly appreciate your response. The deadline March 1, 2017. Please complete and return this survey by the deadline to using one of three documents options provided below. If you have any questions about …

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Participation in Solar Scorecard Grows by More than 50 Percent

December 10th, 2015

LG and Kyocera among New Participants in the Sixth Annual Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition Report San Francisco – December 10, 2015 – The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) today released its Sixth Annual 2015 Solar Scorecard at, which ranks manufacturers of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules according to a range of environmental, sustainability and social …

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What’s Ahead for SVTC in 2015?

December 24th, 2014

By: Sheila Davis, Executive Director, SVTC 2014 was a very productive year for SVTC. We laid a solid foundation for two major initiatives that will keep us very busy in 2015 and beyond. I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on our latest projects—and also to encourage you to join us by making …

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5th Annual Solar Scorecard Paves the Way for Environmental Sustainability

November 11th, 2014

  By: Sheila Davis, Executive Director, SVTC The results are in! 2014 marks the fifth consecutive year since the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) began releasing its Annual Solar Scorecard. In case you aren’t familiar with it, the SVTC Solar Scorecard ranks manufacturers of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules according to a range of environmental, sustainability …

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Wasted time, lives and our future

May 2nd, 2013

When the Consumer Watchdog’s report “Golden Wasteland” came out, I felt vindicated. For years, I have been sitting in meetings with DTSC, attending their workshops, reading their emails and have always felt like something was missing: logic and purpose. DTSC’s purpose is to protect California’s people and environment from harmful effects of toxic substances, but …

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Hazardous Waste from Solar Energy?

February 22nd, 2013

A recent Associated Press (AP) article on hazardous waste in the solar industry was widely circulated on the web and ran in most major media and TV networks. If you’ve been following SVTC’s work, you know that hazardous waste from solar is news, but discussions about the solar industry’s environmental impacts are not new. Since …

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DTSC’s Proposed Solar Recycling Regulations will haunt California for Years to Come

October 31st, 2012

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC) proposed solar recycling regulations are so baffling they resemble San Jose’s haunted Winchester Mansion. The Winchester Mansion was built in 1884 by Sarah Winchester, the gun-manufacturer heiress. She believed she was being haunted by victims killed by Winchester rifles and she spent the latter part of her life building rooms …

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Formal But Not Yet Safe

August 28th, 2012

Apple products are poisoning workers who make them. This is well known, thanks to a long campaign by activists. Recently, Apple accepted this too and promised to remedy this….

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May 10th, 2012

Solar industry leaders are making slow but steady progress…

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Why SVTC Created a Lifecycle Website

February 29th, 2012

At SVTC, we’ve learned that just because we can’t always see pollution does not mean that it doesn’t exist.  This is certainly the case for solar energy.  Solar panels, after all, don’t belch smoke or emit horrible odors from dirty smoke stacks. So it’s difficult to imagine that the panels that sit passively on your …

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