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Major solar panel recycling deal announced in the US

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Korean solar module manufacturer Qcells has partnered with Solarcycle to recycle its decommissioned panels in the US.

“Working together, the companies will accelerate their shared vision of building a circular clean energy supply chain that creates jobs and reduces US reliance on imported raw materials that are frequently subject to supply chain disruptions,” the companies said in a joint statement.

Qcells operates the largest silicon-based solar panel factory in America, and makes one in three of the panels installed on the country’s rooftops.

When those panels are damaged or reach their end of life, Solarcycle will recover aluminium, silver, copper, silicon and low-iron glass from them. The company says it can extract more than 95% of a panel’s value.

“We want our solar panels to not only help our customers cut costs and carbon, but also to be a part of building a more sustainable clean energy industry,” Kelly Weger, Qcells’ director of sustainability, said in a statement.

“When you look at the footprint of Qcells panels in commercial and residential solar across America, the impact of today’s partnership announcement is quite significant,” said Suvi Sharma, Solarcycle’s CEO.

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