Silfab Solar to purchase recycled PV glass from SOLARCYCLE’s planned U.S. facility


North American PV solar manufacturer Silfab Solar is expanding its solar panel recycling agreement with SOLARCYCLE, and will also purchase ultra-low carbon domestic glass for its U.S. solar panel production.

“We are pleased to announce Silfab as anchor customer for our ultra-low carbon domestic glass made in America from recycled solar panels,” said Suvi Sharma, SOLARCYCLE co-founder and CEO. “This marks a significant step in securing an integrated and reliable supply chain for solar made in America.”

SOLARCYCLE recently announced plans to build a first-of-its-kind factory in Georgia to use recycled materials from retired solar panels to make new solar glass. The planned SOLARCYCLE glass facility is about 300 miles from Silfab Solar’s newest factory in South Carolina that will soon add 1 GW of U.S. solar cell production as well as another 1.3 GW of module production.

Silfab, ranked by SolarReviews as a top choice in 2024, already sends older or under-performing modules to SOLARCYCLE for recycling. In addition to recycling its panels with SOLARCYCLE, Silfab also recycles materials left over from the production process.

You can see how these domestic PV partnerships start to become force multipliers in reducing carbon emissions throughout the solar supply chain. By purchasing SOLARCYCLE’s domestically made ultra-low carbon glass, the companies are reducing the climate impacts created during manufacturing by over 30% and from shipping by more than 50%.

“SOLARCYCLE is an ideal partner because of its demonstrated success and innovative processes that already have made Silfab a more sustainable operation. Utilizing American-produced glass in our PV modules further meets the county’s demands for USA content in made-in-America clean energy products and creates additional U.S. jobs,” said Paolo Maccario, Silfab President and CEO.

— Solar Builder magazine



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