With every manufacturing and installation of a renewable or flexible energy product, it’s important to keep the environment at the forefront of your mind. We don’t have an infinite amount of resources and the transition to a more circular economy means the value of products, materials and resources is maintained in the economy for as long as possible, and the generation of waste is minimised.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) estimates 1.7 to 8 million tons of photovoltaic panel waste for 2030 and 60 to 78 million tons by 2050, cumulatively. Photovoltaic panels do lose efficiency but that doesn’t mean they can’t be useful for someone or something else. Take energy storage devices in electric vehicles – once they reach a certain life cycle, they could be used for storing energy in your home.