Although solar panels could easily last 25 years or longer, every project must consider the ultimate disposal of the solar installation. Many decisions on decommissioning solar installations are made at the local level, so consumers should contact their local government to ask about any requirements for disposing of the system.
The USDOE and national organizations are conducting research working towards solar panel end of life solutions.
- USDOE- End-of-Life Management for Solar Photovoltaics
- SEIA- Recycling & End-of-Life Considerations for Photovoltaics
Solar Farm Decommissioning Stakeholder Group
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) is directed to develop regulations and guidance on the end-of-life management of solar panels and batteries as well as the decommissioning of solar projects in excess of 13 acres. The ORS is a member of this stakeholder group, providing data and information to help inform the regulations.
For more information, visit SCDHEC’s website.