What Will We Do with All Those Solar Panels Once Their Useful Lives are Over?

April 11, 2018
As solar power booms, businesses are exploring ways to ensure valuable components don’t end up in landfills.

Solar power is having its hockey stick moment. Since the early 2000s, the amount of solar panels being installed worldwide has been growing exponentially, and it’s expected to continue to do so for decades. By the end of 2015, an estimated 222 gigawatts worth of solar energy had been installed worldwide. According to a recent report from the International Renewable Energy Agency, that number could reach 4,500 GW by 2050.