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31 Dec 2023

Arizona Startup We Recycle Solar Claims a 99% Recovery Rate of Old Solar Panels

[We Recycle Solar](https://werecyclesolar.com/) works with businesses to responsibly [dispose of solar waste](https://interestingengineering.com/innovation/mining-old-solar-panels-metals) and offers financial incentives for recycling. Solar panels have a lifespan of about 30 years, and as the first wave reaches its end, the need for recycling grows. The process, dubbed "urban mining" by CEO Adam Saghei, recovers valuable materials like silver, copper, and aluminum, and finds innovative uses for silicone and glass. The startup facility processes 7,500 panels daily and claims a 99% recovery rate.