With Big Solar on the rise, experts fear that the world could be facing a solar panel waste problem. In 2019 alone, solar panel producers worldwide installed a whopping 114.9 gigawatts (GW) of new solar power, according to a recent report from the Paris-based organization International Energy Agency (IEA).
This figure corresponds to a 12 percent increase from 2018, with significant growth across all continents. In total, 2019 saw 629 GW of solar panels installed worldwide. It’s worth noting that environmentalists have been touting the shortsighted claim that solar power could offset the dreaded effects of so-called “climate change.”
But with solar fast becoming a popular source of power worldwide, and with proponents highlighting its purported potential to replace fossil fuels, experts now beg the question of how solar power proponents plan to dispose of those gigantic sheets of electronic waste. It turns out, the answer is a resounding silence.
In one of his recent articles online, Duggan Flanakin, a director of the Washington-based nonprofit group Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), underscored the growing problem of solar waste. While sunshine is free fuel, Flanakin added that harnessing it for human use isn’t.