Recycle and Reuse Applies to PV, Too

Ever wonder what happens to all the manufacturing scrap that is created during PV manufacturing?  Jennifer Woolwich did and discovered that in fact, PV Recycling was one aspect of the solar industry that was missing.  So in February 2009, she created PV Recycling to address the needs of manufacturers and consumers who, for one reason or another, have panels that need to be removed.

The Arizona-based company does a lot more than collect and recycle panels or manufacturing scrap.  It partners with manufacturers and serves as the point of contact for consumers that need to act on their solar panel warranties. Then it collects the malfunctioning panels, tests them to determine the reason for the failure and finally breaks the panel down into its pre-manufactured state and recycles up to 90% of it.

On the manufacturing side, PV Recycling helps manufacturers set up and fund warranty and end-of-life operations and offers them valuable real world data about how their panels hold up once they have left the factory floor.

Want to hear more?  Check out my interview with Woolwich below.

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Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. Today, in addition to managing content on POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference for the transmission and distribution industry. You can reach her at

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