SOLARCYLE Chooses Sunrun as First Accomplice for Sustainable PV Recycling

Suvi Sharma

SOLARCYCLE Inc. has formally launched its new technology-driven recycling platform designed to maximise solar sustainability.

The firm, primarily based in northern California, was based by specialists from establishments similar to Solaria, NEXTracker, Sierra Club and the University of New South Wales. SOLARCYCLE goals to be the companion of alternative for solar asset homeowners in search of a complete, low-cost and sustainable answer to their end-of-life system wants.

SOLARCYCLE is launching its operations with Sunrun, a home solar, battery storage and energy providers supplier, as its first companion. SOLARCYCLE is utilizing second-life panels from Sunrun to innovate and develop new methods to check, reuse and upcycle the retired solar panels in Sunrun’s venture portfolio.

“As Sunrun deploys PV systems at the scale needed to confront the climate crisis, we’ve embraced the responsibility and opportunity of managing the full lifecycle of our hardware,” says Mary Powell, CEO of Sunrun.  “We are committed to sustainable end-of-life processes and excited to partner with an innovative company that shares our vision and is dedicated to creating a circular supply chain for the solar industry.”

“We’re proud to be leveraging the engineering and operational excellence we’ve learned from manufacturing modules and applying that to giga-scale PV recycling,” states Suvi Sharma, SOLARCYCLE’s co-founder and CEO. “In doing so, we’re bolstering a circular economy that reuses existing domestic materials and minerals, and enhances the entire solar supply chain.” 

“Sustainability is vital to the continued success of solar power deployment worldwide,” feedback SOLARCYCLE co-founder and CCO Jesse Simons, who for 20 years led the Sierra Club’s efforts to maneuver the world in the direction of 100% clear energy earlier than becoming a member of SOLARCYCLE.  “Solar power is one of the most powerful tools humanity has in our fight against climate change. For solar to truly scale to its full potential, we need to create renewable supply chains and a vibrant secondary market for used panels and recycled materials.”

“We have designed an advanced recycling solution that extracts the maximum value from every panel at the lowest possible cost,” mentions Pablo Dias, co-founder and CTO of SOLARCYCLE. “Our proprietary processes allow us to recover more than 95% of the vital materials needed for the rapid transition towards 100% clean energy – including silicon, silver, copper and aluminum. By vertically integrating our operations into a factory that can process gigawatts of solar annually, we can radically reduce costs and the climate impacts of the recycling process.”

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