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Solar Panel Recycling Solutions

George Riley · 02 Sep 2021

Not many PV panels have yet reached their end of life, but this is likely to accelerate in the 2030s as early systems (particularly those installed during the FiT boom) begin to reach old age.

Some panels, however, do get damaged, malfunction or are replaced for newer modules, becoming complex electronic waste.

What happens to the modules next is vital to ensuring solar remains one of the most sustainable forms of energy. The good news is that work is underway to tackle the complexities of solar panel recycling...

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Topics: Maintenance, Solar PV, Environment

Accelerated Loss of Mains Change Programme

George Riley · 19 Aug 2021

If you own a large generator, you may have received a letter recently about the Accelerated Loss of Mains Change Programme. This is related to an upcoming regulation change that may affect you and require you to make a change to your system.

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Topics: Maintenance, Solar PV, Inverters

Solar Panel Cleaning

George Riley · 30 Mar 2020

One of the questions we hear often is ‘Do I need to clean my solar panels?’. The short answer - it depends. So when should you invest in solar panel cleaning?

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Topics: Maintenance, Solar PV

Solar Panel Bird-Proofing Without Voiding the Panel Warranty

Erica Charles · 11 Apr 2018

If you are in charge of specify or installing on-roof solar panels, you should consider installing solar panel protection to stop birds from nesting under the panels. 

Nesting birds cause problems for solar panels and increase the need for general building maintenance. 

Luckily the industry has now developed well-proven solutions for solar panel protection: solar mesh and solar bird spikes.

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Topics: Maintenance, Solar PV