>>According to the British government, there are tens of millions of solar panels in the UK. But the specialist infrastructure to scrap and recycle them is lacking. Energy experts are calling for urgent government action to prevent a looming global environmental disaster. "It's going to be a waste mountain by 2050, unless we get recycling chains going now," says Ute Collier, deputy director of the International Renewable Energy Agency.<<
In the article, it goes on to say that solar panels have a life span of 25 years, but as they show reduced efficiancy over time, and as new, more efficient ones are constantly being developed, it might might sense for individuals to replace them after 15 years or so. We fitted panels at Haslemere and those panels are now over 20 years old. Likes like another example of unintended consequences.