February 23, 2019


Solar PV modules are everywhere…on rooftops, streetlights, parking meters, and ground-mounted, utility-scale farms. Globally, over 100,000 solar panels are installed every hour of every day. There are currently over 45 million tonnes (50 million tons) of modules deployed throughout North America; that’s the equivalent weight of 122 Empire State Buildings. Unfortunately catastrophic damage can cause early loss before the modules reach their end-of-life, turning assets into liabilities.

Currently there has been a trend toward “repowering” where, first generation modules are removed from utility-scale farms and replaced with newer modules with a higher watt output. If possible, these modules should be repurposed to secondary markets that do not require high efficiency panels.

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SUNSET has been working with industry, academia, and government to develop advanced deconstruction methods and separation of the various components of a solar module. We can do this cheaper than landfill options regardless of site location, and provide you with a certificate showing responsible elimination of your liabilities.

We also provide consultancy for developers and stakeholders to implement best management practices in order to mitigate and manage site infrastructure/waste materials during permitting, construction, repowering, and EOL phases of renewable energy facilities.

Are you ready to take the first step towards ensuring your renewable energy facility supports a circular economy?

Complete our intake request form to find out how we can help manage early loss and end-of-life solar material from your facility.