Solar stewardship in Washington state

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 has begun program implementation, contacting manufacturers, planning a stakeholder meeting for Feb. 21, 2018, and drafting preliminary guidelines. A January 4 webinar by the Product Stewardship Institute explored the law and solar panel recycling.