Status : Published Published On : Dec, 2022 Report Code : VREP3024 Industry : Energy & Power Available Format : Page : 210

Global Solar Panel Recycling Market – Analysis and Forecast (2025-2030)

Industry Insight by Process (Thermal, Mechanical, Chemical, and Laser), by Product (Monocrystalline, Polycrystalline, Thin Film, and Others), by Shelf Life (Normal Loss and Early Loss), and Geography (U.S., Canada, Germany, U.K., France, China, Japan, India, and Rest of the World)

Industry Overview

The global Solar Panel Recycling Market size is expected to grow from USD 0.16 billion in 2023 to USD 1.54 billion by 2030. It will witness a 19.8% CAGR during the forecast period. Solar panels contain hazardous substances like silicon, silver, aluminum, copper, gallium, lead, and cadmium. Their widespread use has increased the need for recycling to minimize waste generation. Solar panel recycling entails activities that include decommissioning, collection, and sorting. It reduces greenhouse (GHG) gas emissions from photovoltaic (PV) modules while preventing the release of hazardous substances from waste streams. Several manufacturers are currently purifying recovered materials to use in new panels or other components such as glass foam.

Solar Panel Recycling Market

Continuous technological development with cost efficacy will encourage the use of solar panels, which will strengthen the market outlook. The environmental degradation in conjunction with the global energy crisis caused by conventional energy sources such as nuclear energy and fossil fuels is expected to drive demand for renewable energy sources over the projection period. Thus, the trend toward renewable energy resources, which have the least impact on the environment, is expected to boost market growth. Besides that, decreasing solar panel prices are expected to increase the number of solar photovoltaic module installations, thereby supporting the market growth of the solar panel recycling industry.

Market Segmentation

Insight by Process

Based on Process, the Solar Panel Recycling Market is segmented into Thermal, Mechanical, Chemical, and Laser.  The mechanical process dominates the market as solar panel recycling is economical and environmental-friendly nature of the process.

Insight by Product

Based on Product, the Solar Panel Recycling Market is classified into Monocrystalline, Polycrystalline, Thin Film, and Others. Monocrystalline is expected to contribute the largest share in the market owing to benefits associated with it like highly efficient, superior grade material, long shelf life, superior heat resistance, and high space efficiency as compared to other solar panels.

Insight by Shelf Life

Based on Shelf Life, the Process, the Solar Panel Recycling Market is bifurcated into Normal Loss and Early Loss. The early loss shelf-life segment dominates the market. The early weathering or deterioration of solar panels as a result of maintenance issues, adverse weather conditions, and a lack of product standardization is the primary factor contributing to this segment's larger market share.

Global Solar Panel Recycling Market Report Coverage

Report Metric


Historical Period

2018 - 2023

Base Year Considered


Forecast Period

2025 - 2030

Market Size in 2023

U.S.D.  0.16 Billion

Revenue Forecast in 2030

U.S.D.  1.54 Billion

Growth Rate


Segments Covered in the Report

By Process, By Product, and By Shelf Life

Report Scope

Market Trends, Drivers, and Restraints; Revenue Estimation and Forecast; Segmentation Analysis; Impact of COVID-19; Companies’ Strategic Developments; Market Share Analysis of Key Players; Company Profiling

Regions Covered in the Report

North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Rest of the World

Industry Dynamics

Growth Drivers

Factors attributing to the market growth of the global solar panel recycling industry include financial support provided by the government, increased consumer awareness about the advantages associated with sustainable energy sources, rising solar energy waste, and a surge in the number of solar photovoltaic modules installed. Moreover, increased deployment of solar panels, increasing regulations by the government, more efficient disposal of solar panels, and an upsurge in solar panel installations as a substitute to other non-eco-friendly options, thereby leading to market expansion of the global solar panel recycling industry.

The rapid pace of PV installation has increased the number of decommissioned PV panels. This, in turn, is expected to accelerate the market development of the solar panel recycling industry shortly. Furthermore, numerous companies are conducting research and development to recover and recycle rare metal elements, which is expected to drive market growth.

Sustainable development is defined as the controlled and optimized utilization of resources to keep them accessible to the present and future generations while also reducing associated environmental hazards.  The increase in global sustainable solutions as a result of the energy crisis faced by many countries is encouraging the use of renewable solar power as a source of energy. Recycling is the best way to achieve the goal of reusing solar panels and their components while reducing their environmental impact. As a result, the growing emphasis on sustainable development is fueling the growth of the solar panel recycling market.


A significant barrier to the market's expansion for solar panel recycling is, however, a lack of knowledge and interest in emerging economies, expensive recycling than landfilling, and recovered scraps are worth less than the original.


The market for recycled solar panels would also benefit from increased technological development, modernization of production techniques, increased adoption of solar panels in developing economies like India, South Korea, China, etc., and research and development initiatives in the sector, thereby creating market opportunities in the global solar panel recycling industry. Companies in the solar panel recycling market are entering untapped regions or areas to increase the market size of their operational footprints and their market share.

Geographic Overview

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific (APAC)
  • Rest of the World (RoW)

Europe is expected to be a highly profitable market for solar panel recycling during the forecast period owing to the increased number of solar energy installations, government support to adopt renewable energy sources, favorable legislation in controlling recycling procedures, and the presence of prominent market players in the region.

The region's demand for distributed energy systems has also increased the demand for solar panel installation in the UK, Germany, Spain, and Italy. This rise in demand is expected to fuel the growth of the solar panel recycling market in this region.

Since there are most solar farms in this region, many solar panels will reach the end of their useful lives. As a result, it is projected that demand for solar panel recycling will rise over the projected timeframe.

Competitive Insight

The global solar panel recycling market is highly competitive as there are a small number of large-scale vendors that control the maximum share. Moreover, owing to the solar panel recycling market's significant growth prospects, new manufacturers and service providers are also entering the industry.  New entrants have ample opportunities to obtain a competitive edge in the market because of ongoing R&D efforts to create more effective recycling methods and technologies. Nevertheless, partnerships and acquisitions present a large market opportunity for key players to thrive.

RECLAIM, which was founded in 2014, aims to recycle unusable and old solar panels. They understood the significance of PV recycling and the waste management issues that the industry is dealing with.  Pyrolysis, a well-known thermal deconstruction technique, is used by Reclaim's robust recycling process to break down and pull apart PV panels into their parts by passing them through a high-temperature furnace.  After the thermal extraction process, the retrieved components are sorted and put in collection bins for delivery to material companies, ensuring that all recoverable materials are available for re-use. Reclaim PV provides a wide range of services that includes PV recycling, Commercial Decommissioning, Material Supply, and PV Consulting to assist users, installers, and manufacturers in managing end-of-life solar panels and associated batteries.

Silcontel is one of the leading providers of solar, semiconductor, and lithium-ion battery sourcing and project development services. Silicontel intends to provide the most cost-effective, adequate, and holistic approach to its customers globally through its extensive experience, network of partners, and around-the-clock availability.  Silcontel purchases and recycles a wide range of defective and used solar panels from revamping/repowering as well as from panel manufacturers, project developers, EPC companies, O&M companies, project owners, distributors, and installers worldwide. Silicontel's global presence enables it to conduct inspections as needed and organize the logistics for purchasing and shipping solar panels to its facilities as quickly as possible.

Recent Development by Key Players

First Solar, Inc. announced the location of its fourth American photovoltaic (PV) solar module manufacturing facility in Lawrence County, North Alabama. The new factory is part of a previously announced investment to increase First Solar's American manufacturing footprint to more than 10 gigatonnes (GW)DC by 2025, and it is expected to generate over 700 new direct jobs in the state.

Maxeon Solar Technologies, which is selling under the SunPower Maxeon brand in Australia, announced a partnership with Reclaim PV to ensure that its panels that have reached the end of their useful lives are recycled rather than discarded into landfills.

Key Players Covered in the Report

Some of the key players operating in the Global Solar Panel Recycling Industry include Reclaim PV Recycling Pty Ltd, SILCONTEL LTD, Reiling GmbH & Co. KG, First Solar, Rinovasol IBERIA, S.L., Silrec Corporation, Canadian Solar, Yingli Solar, Hanwha Group, and Trina Solar.

The Solar Panel Recycling Market report offers a comprehensive market segmentation analysis along with an estimation for the forecast period 2025–2030.

Segments Covered in the Report

  • By Process 
    • Thermal
    • Mechanical
    • Chemical
    • Laser
  • By Product 
    • Monocrystalline
    • Polycrystalline
    • Thin Film
    • Others
  • By Shelf Life 
    • Normal Loss
    • Early Loss

Region Covered in the Report

  • North America
    • The U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • U.K.
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia-Pacific (APAC)
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Rest of Asia-Pacific
  • Rest of the World (RoW)
    • Brazil
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • U.A.E.
    • Other Countries

Solar Panel Recycling Market Size

Source: VynZ Research

Solar Panel Recycling Market Analysis

Source: VynZ Research

Frequently Asked Questions

The global solar panel recycling market size is expected to grow from USD 0.16 billion in 2023 to USD 1.54 billion by 2030. It will witness a 19.8% CAGR during the forecast period.
Stringent regulations and policies, the surge in landfill cost, increased investment in solar energy projects by the government, growing awareness about the advantages of solar power as a renewable source of energy, and rising environmental concerns in emerging nations like India, China, and South Korea are offering lucrative opportunities for the market development of solar panel recycling industry.
Asia-Pacific is expected to have the fastest growth during the forecast period owing to rising environmental concerns, rapid industrialization, strict government regulations regarding solar panel waste management, rising demand for rooftop solar installations, and augmented deployment of solar panels.
The segments covered in the study are: Process, Product, Shelf Life, and Region.
Some of the major players in the global Solar Panel Recycling industry include Reclaim PV Recycling Pty Ltd, SILCONTEL LTD, Reiling GmbH & Co. KG, First Solar, Rinovasol IBERIA, S.L., Silrec Corporation, Canadian Solar, Yingli Solar, Hanwha Group, and Trina Solar.

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