Wuxi, China [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. has joined the 35 other members of the PV Cycle association which is engaged in establishing a voluntary take-back and recycling program for end-of-life PV modules.
PV modules are designed to generate clean, renewable energy for over 25 years. With the first significant installations in the early 1990’s, full-scale end-of-life recycling is still another 10 to 15 years away. The PV Cycle association is already developing a recycling program that minimizes waste and maximizes re-use of valuable resources such as glass, silicon and aluminum.
“Sustainability and minimizing the impact of energy generation on the environment are two of the key principles driving the development of solar energy,” said Jerry Stokes, Suntech’s vice president of Strategy and Business Development. “We believe that module life-cycle management and comprehensive recycling is a natural extension of these concepts.”