Solar stewardship in Washington March 2018 update

In 2017, Washington passed ESSB 5939, the Solar Incentives Job Bill, the first law in the nation to require manufacturers to manage and finance the safe recycling of solar units at end of life, at no cost to the owner of the product.

The Washington Dept. of Ecology is developing guidance for manufacturers on creating a stewardship plan for a self-directed solar module collection and recycling program. Ecology's role is to ensure that the takeback plan offers a convenient collection system, and that the takeback and recycling of solar panels is done in a safe and environmentally sound manner.

Ecology has scheduled stakeholder meetings for Feb. 21, May 24, August, and November 2018, according to their new solar panel website.