A new company has launched to revolutionize how waste is handled on large-scale solar sites. Green Clean Solar, founded by solar veteran Emilie Oxel O’Leary, is turning solar waste pain points into one turnkey solution that prioritizes recycling, refurbishing, reusing and waste diversion efforts. It’s not just solar panels that will require appropriate and streamlined recycling and refurbishing; it’s the entire project that requires better waste management efforts.
The U.S. solar market continues to set growth records with 19.2 GW installed in 2020. Estimates suggest only 10% of solar panels get recycled in the United States, which does not account for packaging materials like cardboard, wood crates, shrink wrap and so much more.
“Green Clean Solar is ready to support a growing solar market. We’re on a journey to bring solar waste diversion solutions to the forefront, support solar developers, owners, EPCs, general contractors and their customers to protect the environment, and provide options for greener, cleaner solar sites,” said O’Leary.
In addition to cleaning up solar site waste, Green Clean Solar runs a people-first style of leadership. Partnering with A.R. Content Marketing House, an education-based, women-of-color-owned firm, to deliver education on the topic of solar waste diversion.
“We’re honored to drive the mission of waste diversion with Green Clean Solar by educating on solutions. By 2030, 95% of the new total investment in global electricity capacity will be renewable energy, and we believe part of that investment should include waste diversion. Our team is thrilled to deliver the education and information content necessary to support a growing solar industry with better waste practices,” said Christina Anderson-Rivas, Co-Founder of A.R. Content Marketing House.
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