Data: U.S. Must Drastically Increase Recycling of Solar Panels
As the world rushes to ramp up renewable energy, now is the moment to consider the full life cycle of photovoltaics.
All PV panels are not created equal. Some use fewer rare (and often toxic) metals. Some are easier to recycle. But intent also matters, perhaps more than technological capacity. As this infographic shows, the United States lags far behind the rest of the world in its commitment to PV panel recycling.
This needs to change. Otherwise, by 2030, US pollution from PV manufacturing could overshadow the gains made in CO2 reduction from panel use.