The average lifespan of a solar panel being approximately 20 years, many installations from the early 2000s are set to reach end-of-life. So, it's about time for them to be recycled but the real question is will they be recycled? With the presence of heavy metals waste cannot be managed poorly.
The very first discovery of the solar cell marked the beginning of the change in energy production. This change would be iterated over and over to make new progress in the field of solar energy by researchers and is still going on. The history of solar energy is a story of innovation that all started in the early 19th century.
Despite the covid -19 pandemic that has caused the worst global economic crisis since the great depression, the global PV market grew significantly in 2020. At least 139 GW of PV systems have been installed and commissioned in the world last year. The total cumulative installed capacity for PV at the end of 2020 reached at least 760 GW which represented an 18% more growth when compared to 2019. The good news is that the competitiveness progressed further in 2020 which resulted in being superior to fossil fuels in terms of investment.