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Global outlook for solar PV panel waste by major country 2050

This statistic represents a projection of the cumulative volume of solar photovoltaic (PV) panel waste accumulated in major countries for end-of-life PV panels in 2050. By this time, it is estimated, based on a regular-loss scenario, that the United States will have accumulated about 7.5 million metric tons of PV panel waste.

Leading countries based on projected cumulative volume of solar photovoltaic panel waste worldwide in 2050 (in million metric tons)*

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Release date

June 2016



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* Based on a regular-loss scenario which assumes a 30-year lifetime for solar panels, with no early attrition.

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