December 21, 2021
Reclaim PV welcomes new network partners RAA, Tindo and Enerven, and new drop off locations Sailing Solar and Alice Springs Council, as it commences recycling in Adelaide and readies for its next phase of growth in 2022.
Reclaim PV Recycling (Reclaim PV) has announced today it has welcomed three new partners, two new drop off locations and two new recycling hubs in Townsville and Bundaberg, to its national recovery and recycling network this year, making the collection of solar panels more accessible by local residents around Australia.
According to Director of Reclaim PV Recycling Clive Fleming, these new partners, drop off locations and network hubs, along with the commencement of recycling in Adelaide, sets Australia’s first national solar panel recovery and recycling network up for further growth into 2022.
Mr Fleming said, “We are excited to partner with these forward-thinking Councils, businesses and industry players to offer this much needed service to the Australian PV market, which has the highest per capita installations of solar panels globally.”
“These partnerships are an important step forward in the establishment of Australia’s first national solar panel recovery and recycling network, and importantly, offer Australians an easy way to arrange the responsible recycling of their end-of-life solar panels.”
Among the new partnerships announced today, is an Australian and industry first partnership announced this month with domestic solar panel manufacturer Tindo, to create a full recycling loop for Australian-made solar panels.
Also welcomed to the network are energy solutions and infrastructure service provider Enerven and RAA who have chosen Reclaim PV as their preferred collection and recycling partner. RAA has partnered with Reclaim PV on a new service which will see their members access solar panel installation and decommissioning via Living Energy, knowing that their panels will be ethically recycled by Reclaim PV when old panels are removed.
According to RAA's Senior Manager, Market Development, Kerry Bowles, "We are excited to partner with Reclaim PV to help deliver more environmentally friendly solutions to the solar industry and our members."
Already in 2021, Reclaim PV sites collected more than 30 000 panels or the equivalent of 1000 tonnes of PV modules out of landfill with collections from long-standing customers of Reclaim PV, ranging from manufacturers to energy retailers and installers. SunPower, Qcells and Canadian Solar in particular, have been supporters of Reclaim PV since the start.
Through these new partnerships, Reclaim PV now offers an expanded network of collection and drop off locations, including new consolidation hubs in Townsville and in Bundaberg with the goal of collecting more than 90 000 panels or the equivalent of 3000 tonnes of PV modules in 2022.
2021 milestones and what’s next
This year, Reclaim PV achieved several milestones in the establishment of its national recycling network. Both its Brisbane and Adelaide sites were granted licensesfrom Environmental Authoritiesand development applications approved for recycling activities at each site. The company has also commenced the recycling of its first solar panels following the arrival and installation of its first furnace in Adelaide.
Reclaim PV also welcomed several new personnel to support with managing operations and establishment projects and in line with its commitment to social enterprise, has entered into an agreement with employment provider Joii, to utilise their workforce across new sites in Brisbane and Adelaide. In addition, as part of the MECLA Aluminium working group, Reclaim PV has committed to keeping all recovered Aluminium from the recycling process within Australia, by agreeing the use of it in Australia through Weston Aluminium.
Reclaim PV engages with industry, commercial users of solar panels and all levels of Government to introduce sustainable recovery and recycling practices across the whole supply chain to support the circular economy and welcomes end-of-life solar panels from anywhere in Australia. Enquiries can be made via the Reclaim PV website at www.reclaimpv.com