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Old Solar Panels Get Second Life in Repurposing and Recycling Markets By Billy Ludt | January 9, 2019

Green Lifestyle  (tags: eco-friendly, energy, environment, greenproducts, sustainable, technology, recycling )

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"Companies are putting in the hours to ensure the longevity of solar, despite a lack of any legislative backing. online marketplace for solar; repurposing decommissioned panels to power homes in need;...a solar recycling facility."


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Ruth R (246)
Sunday January 13, 2019, 10:02 am
Beautiful profesion!
From the article: " Since its start, WFTSS has kept more than 100 tons of solar materials from landfills, Latham said. Its repurposed panels have been sold to buyers like solar DIYers and companies seeking replacement parts for existing arrays. By selling repurposed panels and decommissioning large-scale arrays, WFTSS can fund its main mission of bringing pro bono solar projects to indigenous people of Mexico.

With additional assistance from donations, Latham works with Youth With a Mission ministries (YWAM), an organization that builds homes in about 20 countries for people in need, including Mexico. Latham said the communities they work with often have small power grids, or sometimes none at all. Since solar arrays can’t tie into this fragile or nonexistent grid, WFTSS makes solar+storage microgrids for those homes using repurposed panels.

Part of Latham’s mission is teaching people about solar independence, as well as the viable lifespan of solar panels. "

Ruth R (246)
Sunday January 13, 2019, 10:03 am
Beautiful Profession.

Ruth R (246)
Sunday January 13, 2019, 10:06 am
From the article: " By Billy Ludt | January 9, 2019
Solar modules no longer need to simply wind up in the landfill once they’re decommissioned. Is a panel cracked? Shattered? At the end of its warranty lifetime? That panel can still serve a purpose, whether run through a recycling process and fed back into the supply chain; or repurposed or reused as a replacement panel or a power source for a smaller project. "

Animae C (508)
Sunday January 13, 2019, 2:09 pm
Absolutely awesome!!!

TY Ruth

Colleen L (3)
Sunday January 13, 2019, 6:13 pm
Wonderful news. Solar is the best.
Thanks Ruth

Peggy B (43)
Monday January 14, 2019, 7:15 am
This is great news. The skeptics frequently bring up the pollution aspect of solar panels so one more plus to go solar.

Harry Knapp (0)
Monday January 14, 2019, 8:29 pm
good news for planet earth starred noted.

danii p (30)
Tuesday January 15, 2019, 12:40 am

Elizabeth Story (0)
Tuesday January 15, 2019, 5:10 am
Reclaim PV seems to be the only dedicated photovoltaic recycler In Australia, and said it recycles 90 per cent of materials in a panel.

Michael Friedmann (179)
Tuesday January 15, 2019, 11:05 am
Thank You for Sharing This !!!

Bonnie Lynn M (1)
Tuesday January 15, 2019, 12:45 pm
Shared. Thanks

Ruth R (246)
Tuesday January 15, 2019, 2:59 pm
Thank for the comments, noting and sharing. Please share solar energy and go solar energy in your neighborhood, or on your homes, carports, garages. Carports on parking lots make good shade!

Ruth R (246)
Tuesday January 15, 2019, 3:01 pm
Buying solar energy in bulk for a number of houses and/or schools will reduce the cost. Electricians and people trained to work in solar can volunteer some time.

Winn Adams (179)
Tuesday January 15, 2019, 6:58 pm
Great News!

Marco C (31)
Wednesday January 16, 2019, 8:29 am
Great news. We have some solar panel which have come off line and I am glad to know that they won't have to live in a landfill. Thank you for this news
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