# 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 The Resource Conservation and Recycling Act (RCRA) is very outdated.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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Sunflowers and Solar Panels

December 14th, 2009

Since we sent out over 200 surveys to solar companies in October, I had to visit several hundred solar websites to get companies’ addresses. Some sites were bare-bones and for others, cost was probably not an issue. On thing I noticed while dredging through hundreds of sites was sunflowers. Beautiful sunflowers fully blossomed in the …

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Green Jobs Platform

May 12th, 2009

We hope that by getting solar companies to adopt and incorporate the Green Jobs Platform for Solar into their business model early, the solar industry can become a beacon of sustainability by protecting its workers and the planet, rather than a throw-back to the dark manufacturing practices that have dominated the high-tech sector. We’ve already seen unfortunate spills in China.

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May Day, is Anybody Listening?

May 1st, 2009

May 1st is International Worker’s Day….(and many times) workers aren’t considered ‘people.’ There is a maximum amount that people, meaning consumers, are allowed to be exposed to when it comes to toxics, but somehow that is different for workers – yup, as if their bodies somehow respond differently because they are working there….Workers are the first to be exposed.

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Good Jobs Green Jobs – Healthy Jobs?

January 29th, 2009

The opportunity to make a meaningful and immediate difference on the environmental impact of solar manufacturing, recycling, and labor conditions is really exciting. The solar crowd is full of people with good intentions for the environment and a genuine interest in the issues.

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Inauguration over, now it’s time to get down to work

January 24th, 2009

Now we have to make up for lost time as we prepare the nation for a new age in renewable energy. There are several immediate actions that we can take to ensure growth in the solar sector and at the same time protect public health, workers and the environment – and we don’t have to look at these things as conflicting goals.

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New Report: A Greener Future for Solar

January 14th, 2009

Solar energy may be one of the most important technologies in the 21st century, but the rapid pace of technology innovation has us often moving on to the next thing without a glance at what’s been left behind.

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