Suntech Power Holdings has joined the PV CYCLE association which is engaged in establishing a voluntary take-back and recycling program for end-of-life PV modules in Europe. The first large quantities of modules installed in Europe was in the early 1990s, so major recycling is not expected for another 10 to 15 years.
“PV CYCLE welcomes Suntech as the latest member to our Association, which now covers around 80% of the European photovoltaic market with its 35 member companies spread around the globe. We look forward to seeing many more members joining our voluntary take-back and recycling program. We need to ensure the inclusion of all photovoltaic manufacturers and importers enforcing and maximizing the representation of our responsibility as producers. Doing so will make the photovoltaic industry truly DoubleGreen,” commented Jan Clyncke, Managing Director of PV CYCLE.
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“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.”
Suntech has shipped over 1.1GW of solar modules since operation began.