Circularity in our solar energy system

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

The fast-growing solar market had a win this week with California’s historic news of major progress towards legislating 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the globally installed solar capacity has reached 290,000 MW (the equivalent of about 483 coal plants).

But it does not come without consequences. As the solar market expands and competition drives down the cost of photovoltaics, IRENA estimated that the industry will produce 78 million tons of waste by 2050. For most growth-oriented solar companies, mitigating their end-of-life impact isn’t an obvious priority — at least not yet.

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