Repurposing For Resilience ☀️: To avoid sending old, unused solar panels to landfill, Repurposing for Resilience now turns them into energy or art. Read on to learn more below. 

As I have already mentioned before – nothing is ever certain except death and taxes. However, we can argue that this famous quote from Benjamin Franklin lacks something more constant than those two: change. Change is always consistent in this world. Technology, in particular, is constantly changing for the better.

We can call this change evolution; technology is always evolving, after all, to make our lives better. But with the too-rapid technological evolution or advancement we experience today, what happens to the older, phased-out models of technology?

Solar panels, along with other photovoltaic (PV) systems such as solar inverters and batteries, continue to be used and improved in Australia at a breakneck rate. Unfortunately, this will produce solar panel waste in the near future. According to Sustainability Victoria, an estimated 100,000 tonnes of solar panels will enter Australia’s waste stream by 2035.  If we do not do something about this, the number will only continue to increase in the following years or decades to come.

Repurposing for Resilience, an NSW-based not-for-profit organisation focused on reducing waste from going to landfill and building a more circular economy, has addressed this issue and volunteered to recycle old and unused solar panels. Below, let us talk more about how Repurposing for Resilience recycles old solar panels and more.


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Before we go further and cover the latest news on Repurposing for Resilience recycling old solar panels and turning them to energy or art, let me share with you more information about Waster.

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As such, problems in the waste management industry are bound to rise like in any other business. Much like how Repurposing for Resilience wants to help reduce solar panel waste going to landfill by recycling them, we, too, can also help solve any waste or recycling issues you encounter. So if such issues arise in regard to our service, you can talk to our friendly customer service team.

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Now that we got that out of the way, let us go on and talk about Repurposing for Resilience and their old solar panel recycling ways.


How Repurposing for Resilience recycles old solar panels

E-waste such as solar panels has long been on Repurposing for Resilience’s radar as they intend to redirect old solar panels from going into landfill. According to Repurposing for Resilience’s Dr Roberth Guth in an ABC News article, old solar panels are ‘treated as e-waste, so the large industrial materials recycling sector will start dealing with them, but we believe it’s much better to interrupt them in the waste flow to get the remaining life out of them.’

The electricians of Repurposing for Resilience assess second-hand solar panels and give them an appropriate warranty based on their quality. Old but usable solar panels were distributed to households on the South Coast affected by bushfires so that they can live off-grid as before.

But what if old solar panels cannot function the way they intended to anymore? Not to worry, Repurposing for Resilience has other uses for them!


Repurposing for Resilience: energy and art transformation

The not-for-profit organisation has a number of ways to reuse or repurpose old solar panels. One such way is turning them into tables that can also be used to charge USB devices.

Solar Charge Table
Solar Charge Table | Repurposing for Resilience’s Main Website

Basically, the power gathered from the solar panel table goes through an inverter to stabilise the voltage so the user can still use it as a charge point, safe and out of danger. Repurposing for Resilience assures that there is no danger at all and have the best electricians on staff working on it carefully.

Aside from tables, they have also transformed old solar panels into BBQ awnings, sheds and even a community generator!

What if some of the solar panels do not work anymore? What do they do with those?

They turn them into building materials or art, even! Dr Guth mentioned that they turn panels that no longer generate electricity into cladding by stripping off the aluminium edging and putting holes in so they can be secured onto frames for roofing.

Aside from that, Repurposing for Resilience also has transformed old solar panels into cool art pieces. “We’ve been using a plasma cutter to cut out little animal figurines out of waste material,” Dr Guth said.

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