SunPower is committed to being a responsible producer and provides appropriate reuse and recycling options for its products.
SunPower is a founder of PV Cycle, the first voluntary take-back scheme for solar PV modules in Europe. PV CYCLE’s mission is to enable members to execute their commitment to sustainable waste management by offering best in class collection and recycling services. It works to define and implement a strategy to provide a consistent and coordinated PV take-back and recycling systems for all EU markets.
SunPower wants to ensure our products are returned to SunPower for proper handling, reuse and recycling. SunPower solar panel systems are covered under warranty for 25 years; under normal use, our products are expected to exceed their warranty period and perform for another 15 years, bringing their expected usable life to 40 years in total. Given the high reliability and low degradation rate of our products, we want to reuse our products as much as possible to produce clean energy for our users for as long as possible. At the same time, SunPower is committed to a global zero waste to landfill policy and does not allow scrap materials to be sent to landfill.
We have a worldwide programme in place to cover the costs for deinstallation, collection, reuse and recycling for all purchased and leased systems under the warranty period. If a customer chooses to dispose of their SunPower panels outside of warranty conditions, customers are advised to contact their dealer or SunPower representative for more information. Customers with SunPower panels can call our toll free number and provide the customer service agent with the product description and serial number. Our Customer Service Agent will provide the customer with an authorisation number for recycling, location and contact information. Functional items are reused and non-functional items are sent to SunPower-approved recyclers for disposal. Recycling costs will be covered by SunPower.
Our current recyclers have the following certifications:
- OSHAS 18001
- R2/RIOS Certified Electronics Recycler®
- e-Stewards Standard for Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronics® 2009
- RESPONSIBLE RECYCLING© 2008
To learn more about our PV Take-Back, Reuse and Recycling Programme, contact your dealer or SunPower Representative.