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This $344 million Georgia factory will use old solar panels to make parts for new ones

Adele Peters of Fast Company reports on a company that is using old solar panels to make new ones.

The C3 Take
  • Solarcyle is an Odessa, Texas startup that is giving old solar panels new lives.
  • The company recycles every part of a solar panel, from the aluminum frames and laminate to the glass panels themselves.
  • Solarcycle is currently working to build a facility in Georgia that will use old glass panels to create new ones.
  • The company already has contracts with 40 of the largest solar producers in the U.S. to take and recycle their panels.

“As huge numbers of solar panels are deployed now, the future waste challenge also keeps growing. By the end of the decade, one estimate found that the number of solar panels due to be retired would cover 3,000 football fields. By 2050, the U.S. could produce two million metric tons of solar panel waste each year.”

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