November 11th, 2014

5th Annual Solar Scorecard Paves the Way for Environmental Sustainability
Blog Post by SVTC Executive Director Sheila Davis

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Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition Releases Fifth Annual Solar Scorecard

November 11th, 2014

As solar market expands, transparency is critical San Francisco – November 11, 2014 – The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) today released its Fifth Annual 2014 Solar Scorecard at www.solarscorecard.com, which ranks manufacturers of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules according to a range of environmental, sustainability and social justice factors. Seven PV companies responded in detail …

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New Partners Join SVTC’s Off-Grid Solar Recycling Incubator

April 23rd, 2014

The University of Edinburgh and the international charity SolarAid (http://www.solar-aid.org/) have joined the Off-Grid Solar Recycling Incubator, a new Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) project promoting sustainability in the global off-grid solar industry. The Incubator—a partnership of university researchers, solar companies, and product users—will research and test off-grid solar devices, address end-of-life recycling issues, and …

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Off-Grid Solar Recycling Incubator

January 30th, 2014

Off-grid solar devices such as solar lanterns and small solar home systems are transforming communities around the world that lack access to an electrical grid. Unfortunately, these products typically have short life spans—just three to five years—and are already creating a serious hazardous waste problem.

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August 13th, 2013

SCORECARD FINDS SOLAR INDUSTRY LEADERS MAKING PROGRESS TOWARD SVTC’S ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL PERFORMANCE GOALS
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August 13th, 2013

Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition Releases 2013 Solar Scorecard More Than 25 Percent of Solar Companies Hide Environmental Information from Public San Francisco, CA – August 13, 2013 – The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition’s (SVTC) today released the 2013 Solar Scorecard at www.solarscorecard.com , which revealed that most of the solar industry’s environmental practices remain hidden from the …

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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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May 10th, 2012

Contact for more information: Sheila Davis- (408) 287-6707 (415) 846-6331 (cell) svtc@svtc.org www.svtc.org www.solarscorecard.com SVTC SURVEY FINDS SOLAR INDUSTRY LEADERS IMPROVING ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL PERFORMANCE Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition Releases 2012 Solar Scorecard Rankings on the Environmental and Social Performance of Solar PV Module Manufacturers San Francisco, CA – May 10, 2012 – The Silicon …

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