- some of the materials in the solar modules (e.g. lead and cadmium) could reach out and could harm the environment if they were buried as landfill waste. This is also true for other electronics, which is why there are free services for the public to drop off electronics for recycling (e.g. TVs, cell phones, microwaves, batteries).
- some of the materials in solar PV modules are rare and will become harder and harder to find and mine (e.g. silver, gallium, indium, germanium).
Solar PV module recycling
February 18, 2018