The Challenge Of Recycling Solar Panels

There is no denying the boom of Gold Coast solar panel and almost every home in Australia is starting to consider solar energy because of the rising electricity costs. The challenge now lies in recycling these sold panels as they reach their end of life. Recyclers and conservationists have already shared their views regarding the matter, which is that the Australian government must act fast if they wanted to make sure that these solar panels will not end up in the landfill.

Australia has shown how much the consumers embraced the rise in solar energy which resulted to a number of economic benefits as well as environmental advantages. Critics, however, believe that the government should now focus their energy on finding solutions for the upcoming waste crisis brought about by the number of solar panels reaching the end of their lifespan.

Record from December of 2018 showed that over 2 million households in Australia have already installed rooftop solar panels. The sudden increase is mainly because of the decline in cost of the technology as well as the increase in electricity bills.

Studies have shown that photovoltaic cells have a lifespan of about 30 years. This means that solar panels installed at the start of the millennium is almost at the end of their lifespan. It would not be surprising to know that many have already been disposed because of various faults as well as damages while the panels are transported or installed.

Environment ministers in Australia have already come to an agreement last year that they must act fast in order to create a new scheme for the photovoltaic solar panels along with the batteries used for the solar power systems. The scheme will put the responsibility of the products to the shoulders of the retailers and the manufacturers throughout its life cycle.

The waste problem does not only cover solar panels and its batteries but also a wide range of products such as commercial furniture, paint, electronic wastes, batteries and floor coverings. The government recognizes that the rise in demand for Gold Coast solar panel also calls for a fast decision to come up with a plan on how to better manage the resulting wastes.