Survey Wrap Up

April 30th, 2010

We received some great coverage on our first Solar Scorecard. Several companies have contacted us to ask how they can be part of the next scorecard, many have already submitted a form so they can be included next year, and we know that customers are asking their installers if they use panels from those who …

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#1 Recycling laws save lives and protects human health and the environment

March 23rd, 2010

Mandatory takeback and responsible recycling laws can be written to ensure that the environment and those who dismantle and recycle solar PV panels are protected during dismantling. Unfortunately, our history has proven that we don’t know how to handle electronic waste (e-waste), such as televisions and computers. We are much less prepared for the new …

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#3 -Programs in the 21st century should measure their success by how much of their recycled materials are actually used in the production of new products.

March 16th, 2010

Most recycling programs today were designed 20-30 years ago by local or state governments. These programs were designed without manufacturer participation, and that’s a big problem. It’s a new day with solar and other new “clean” technologies entering the market. These state of the art technologies and complex products should require manufacture participation and state …

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#4 – Mandatory takeback and recycling laws can help stop sham recycling

March 10th, 2010

Mandatory takeback and recycling laws that enforce uniform recycling standards will ensure high standards and sustainable practices throughout the solar industry. Without basic standards the solar industry can expect to have its reputation damaged by a few solar companies who take the take the low-road and take shortcuts that lead to dumping and environmental degradation. …

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#5 – Develop Panel Recycling Infrastructure

March 2nd, 2010

Each country where solar panels are sold will have unique hazardous waste, solid waste recycling and collection infrastructures.  We know these differences exist between states, here in the U.S. But you can imagine how much this would differ from country to country? These varying infrastructures are based on a region’s geography, climate, culture and economy. …

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#6 – Consumers who buy solar panels have already proven that they are willing to make an investment in order to protect the environment.

February 24th, 2010

Consumers who buy solar panels have already proven that they are willing to make an investment in order to protect the environment. Consumers and investors will be more likely to buy or invest in a company that is living up to the image they have created for themselves – one that will keep the planet …

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# 7 – Companies Who Want to Recycle Their Panels Won’t Be Able to Justify Recycling Investments

February 18th, 2010

If there is no legal requirement for recycling, companies that want to recycle their panels won‘t be able to justify recycling investments to shareholders or stakeholders. Even when a company wants to do the “right thing” and develop a recycling program for their panels, they might not be able to justify the cost of such …

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#8 – SVTC’s Top Ten: Why Solar Companies Must Take Back & Responsibly Recycle

February 11th, 2010

If the solar industry doesn’t take proactive steps to develop and support a federal law on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), they will most likely be at the mercy of a patchwork of different laws enacted at the state and local levels. The Resource Conservation and Recycling Act (RCRA) is very outdated. Most states interpret RCRA differently, …

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#9 – SVTC’s Top Ten: Why Solar Companies Must Take Back & Responsibly Recycle

February 5th, 2010

#9 Mandatory recycling will allow companies to set up viable recycling financing systems. Right now, recycling solar panels isn’t profitable. Maybe it won’t be tomorrow, or the next day, but it will surely remain inefficient and costly in twenty years if laws aren’t passed  requiring solar companies to invest in recycling systems. Mandatory recycling laws …

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#10 – SVTC’s Top Ten: Why Solar Companies Must Take Back & Responsibly Recycle

February 5th, 2010

#10 – Irresponsible companies shouldn’t get a free ride Without mandatory laws for recycling, the companies that invest in recycling will give a “free ride” to those companies that do not set up programs. Companies lacking a takeback and recycling program will have an economic advantage since their costs will not reflect the true cost of doing …

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