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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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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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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Solar Manufacturing in the US is Taking a Beating

December 13th, 2011

Several solar firms, calling themselves the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing (CASM), have filed a suit with the International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that Chinese solar panel makers are dumping cheap solar panels on the US market. The complaint filed by seven manufacturers has divided the US solar industry and resulted in another group, calling …

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As the Sun Sets on Solyndra

September 6th, 2011

As the Sun Sets on Solyndra

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Solar Scorecard 2011 Launch

April 18th, 2011

  Earlier this week, SVTC released our 2011 Solar Scorecard. One of our goals with the Solar Scorecard is to allow residential and commercial consumers to see where manufacturers stand on issues related to the environment, sustainability and social justice issues. Transparency is important as informed consumers make the smartest choices. If you want to …

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