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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The Solar Company Surveys have been sent!

October 19th, 2010

Last year the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition released our first Solar Scorecard ranking solar manufacturers on their commitment to the environment and other socially responsible issues. The scores for the companies were based on their responses to our survey. In preparation for our 2011 Solar Scorecard we just sent out the new Solar Company Survey …

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Reflections on Solar Power International

October 18th, 2010

I just spent a few days at the Solar Power International Conference in LA. And as the industry grows, so does this conference. Solar Companies from around the world were there to umm… shine (I couldn’t help it). As I went from booth to booth, speaking to solar companies about participating in our upcoming survey …

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Deregulate hazardous solar waste?

August 5th, 2010

 The California Department of Toxic Substance Control had earlier determined that cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar modules are hazardous, and that these modules will need to be disposed of in special hazardous waste landfills.  But just last week, they proposed regulation that will exempt hazardous solar panels from hazardous waste handling laws, if these solar modules …

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Who should pay to clean up?

May 27th, 2010

Yesterday President Obama visited the Solyndra solar plant in Fremont where 3,0000 people are working to build a solar facility. Obama used the catastrophic oil spill in the gulf as an opportunity to highlight the need for green jobs and to develop alternative energy. While the administration is currently advocating for alternative energy and being portrayed as a …

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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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#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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