Sales director at UNTHA UK, Gary Moore, explores how with the right solar panel recycling the UK can avoid sustainable technology becoming a pollutant.
April has seen the UK Government publish its eagerly anticipated energy strategy, announcing bold commitments to accelerate the deployment of clean energy – and one key area featured is solar.
While solar panels themselves have been around since the 1950s, an official report outlines that only 3.3% of the UK’s 29 million homes are generating electricity in this way.
It’s clear that the new strategy aims to change this – detailing plans to boost the UK’s current 14GW solar capacity up to five times by 2035.
But despite there being greater encouragement to adopt renewables and create a low-carbon economy – and rightly so – it’s important that key governmental and industry decision-makers also think about the long-term future of these installations.
These questions need solutions defined at the start of a project so that this ‘green’ technology doesn’t end up becoming yet another landfill pollutant when it’s served its original purpose.