SolarPower Europe launches milestone End-of-Life Best Practice Report

SolarPower Europe Press Release

23 January 2024



Barcelona, SPAIN (Tuesday, 23rd January 2024): SolarPower Europe’s new report offers recommendations on how to sustainably handle end-of-life (EoL) solar panels, and outlines how solar companies can comply with mandatory requirements. The pioneering guidelines also aim to ensure that solar is making a valuable contribution to the EU’s circularity objectives. 

End-of-Life Management: Best Practice Guidelines

Handling end-of-life solar panels. Key European legislation governing waste management, and management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

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With solar growth rising, it is important to responsibly manage solar panels at the end of their lifetime. Guaranteeing high-quality EoL solar management is crucial for the sustainability of the industry, and public support for solar.


Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO of SolarPower Europe said; “Solar will be the backbone of Europe’s green transition, and this needs to come with sustainable growth. This new report will support the sector in diligently managing end-of-life solar panels, and ultimately, strengthen the sector’s resilience going forward.”

These guidelines provide a comprehensive overview of how to handle the key components of a solar system once they have reached the end of their lifespan, including their decommissioning and replacement. This is normally around 30 years, but notably, the paper presents recommendations on how to assess the potential for a ‘second life,’ or extension of a solar system’s lifespan. The report also outlines the key European legislation governing waste management, and management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), related to the EoL of solar components.


Within this report, over 30 experts of SolarPower Europe’s Lifecycle Quality Workstream, have illustrated their knowledge and experience from across the solar sector, coming from Operation & Maintenance (O&M), recycling and circularity, waste management, utility-scale solar, and manufacturing backgrounds.


The ‘End-of-Life Management: Best Practice Guidelines,’ were launched during the first day of our annual Solar Quality Summit Europe event, co-organised with IntersolarSolar Quality Summit Europe brings together leading members of the O&M, Asset Management, and Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) communities, to advance the long-term quality of Europe’s solar projects. 

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Thérèse O Donoghue
Press and Communications Advisor

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