PROINSO qualified installers and partners can send thin film and c-Si photovoltaic modules to PROINSO stores in Spain, Italy and Greece for recycling. Solar module recycling benefits the environment by reducing the volume of waste and also helps reduce the amount of energy needed to provide raw materials.
(September 8, 2010) — PROINSO, distributor of modules, inverters, trackers and fixed structures for solar photovoltaic installations, is now a Point of Collection for solar photovoltaic modules for the Association PV CYCLE, a non-profit organization specializing in the global management and recycling of waste.
The agreement allows PROINSO’s 892 qualified installer companies, as well as other companies that partner with PROINSO, to send crystalline (c-Si) or thin-film photovoltaic modules for recycling to PROINSO warehouses in Spain, Italy and Greece. PROINSO will also be extending their facilities in France and Germany.
PROINSO will provide two containers for crystalline panels and one for thin Film at each of the collection points located at its warehouses in Europe so that companies from the network of qualified installers can send the modules once they have reached the end of their life cycle. PROINSO will store them in a safe area. Once these containers are full, PV CYCLE is responsible for their removal and recycling, in coordination with PROINSO. Depending on the activity carried out at each point, it is possible to increase the number of containers set out in the original agreement.
PROINSO – a part of Grupo OPDE – is considering offering its Qualified Installers discounts on the purchase of new modules and additional bonuses based on the number of kWp devoted to recycling.
PV cell recycling benefits the environment by reducing the volume of waste, and helps reduce the amount of energy needed to provide raw material and therefore the costs and environmental impacts of the production of solar modules, according to the company. While those discounts and additional bonus will be determined by those responsible for the Network of Installers in each country, depending on the annual volumes of modules recycled by the installer, additional discounts of between 0.5 and 1% on the purchase of new modules or inverters of the brands distributed by PROINSO are a possibility, depending on the amounts sent for recycling.
PROINSO will recycle modules commonly distributed by the installers, such as TRINA SOLAR and REC, as well as modules from other manufacturers, and various technologies, including crystalline and thin-film, with the aim of helping and retaining its relationship with Qualified Installers. Qualified Installers are not required to acquire the modules, inverters, trackers and structures from PROINSO, “meaning that they are entirely independent to maximize performance and make their business competitive.”
In terms of country of origin of the approved companies in the PROINSO network of qualified installers, Italy has 360 certified companies, followed by Germany (121), USA (118), Spain (114), Greece (60), and France (56). These photovoltaic installers are companies with a minimum of three years experience in the sector and have a team of engineers and installers who can design and implement projects.
PROINSO expect to exceed a total of more than 1000 installers worldwide before the end of 2010, 5 times more than that originally planned.
The Network has also extended to Austria, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Colombia, Croatia, Ecuador, Slovakia, Slovenia, Guyana, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Nigeria, Netherlands, Portugal, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine, countries where PROINSO currently distributes material.
PROINSO will be present at upcoming important international events in the sector: European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (2010 EU PVSEC), to be held from 6 to 9 September in Valencia, at the Zeroemission PV Rome Fair, to be held from 9 to 11 September in the Italian capital, and SOLAPOWER, an event which will run from 12 to 14 October in Los Angeles. www.proinso.net
PV Cycle is the European Association of voluntary agencies for the collection and recycling of photovoltaic modules, on a nonprofit basis. It organizes the pan-European system for collection and recycling of photovoltaic modules. www.pvcycle.org
Light cycle: Recycling PV materials by David Appleyard