Texas – EDF Renewables North America has signed an agreement with SOLARCYCLE, a technology-based solar recycling company, to recycle solar panels damaged or broken during construction and operation, from their grid-scale, distribution-scale, and onsite solar sites.
“Today’s agreement is part of EDF Renewables’ long-term ESG roadmap and commitment to producing zero carbon energy that also contributes to a circular economy in the sector,” said Edgar Puerto, Associate Director, Strategic Procurement at EDF Renewables. “As a company, we have committed to developing the recycling capability of our clean energy assets, starting with solar. We view this as a key strategy for reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and catalyzing a new domestic supply chain for made-in-America solar products.”
After a comprehensive evaluation of solar recycling solutions, EDF Renewables selected SOLARCYCLE as a preferred partner because of their deep commitment to innovation and proven high-value recycling process.
SOLARCYCLE’s proprietary technology allows for the extraction of 95% of the value from recycled panels, including silver, silicon, copper, aluminum, and glass from recycled panels, a significant increase over the industry standard—which is currently below 50%.
The recycler’s patented processes are increasingly extracting value from each panel so that, combined with reverse logistics, they can provide the lowest-cost recycling solution to EDF Renewables that maximizes environmental benefits and supply chain resilience.
EDF Renewables also chose SOLARCYCLE as a preferred recycling partner because the company offers transparency and verification through advanced environmental reporting. SOLARCYCLE will, in turn, help EDF Renewables close the loop on the life of their solar systems by selling the recycled raw materials to the next wave of solar manufacturing in North America.
“As one of the largest clean energy companies in the world, we are thrilled that we were selected for this important initiative,” said Jesse Simons, Chief Commercial Officer and Co-Founder of SOLARCYCLE. “We are proud to partner with EDF Renewables, who went deep with us, with multiple visits to our factory, extensive audits, and a competitive RFP process. Today’s announcement should be a sign to other global companies that recycling technology is ready today, and SOLARCYCLE is a preferred choice for companies with a commitment to safety, quality, environmental compliance, sustainability, and price.”