Second life for solar panels

  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 25 Jan 2020

Yeo making a point during her lecture on ‘R&D Ecosystem and Green Technology’ at University Sains Malaysia.

WITH solar panels gaining popularity as renewable energy generators, the Malaysian Government is aiming to work with a private facility for recycling solar panels within the next 10 years.

Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin said discussions are ongoing with a solar panel production company in Kulim, Kedah, to enable recycling of the photovoltaic components.

“The average lifespan of solar panels is about 20 years and mass installation of solar panels on large buildings started few years ago.

“In the next 10 years, we should have a solar panel disposal facility to recycle them.

“Most of the components including the chemicals in the panels should be recyclable and the company is conducting tests on its own products.

“We will await the results before any further announcements, ” she said during her public lecture titled ‘R&D Ecosystem and Green Technology’ at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang.

Yeo added that if all buildings in the country were to install solar panels on their rooftops as a source of renewable energy, their electricity production would surpass the current supply.

“Large corporations get tax exemptions when they install the solar panels and they will recover the installation cost within three to four years, ” she said.

Some 300 people were present to hear Yeo’s two-hour lecture.

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