The technology of solar energy is not new. It has improved over time, allowing long-term solar energy users to upgrade their panels whenever they become obsolete.
What happens when a solar system owner decides to replace it?
Many organizations help to preserve older solar panel models so that they don’t end up in landfills.
Even after the 25-year lifespan, many solar panels have a good life expectancy. It’s easy to see that clean energy can be a benefit to those who are struggling with their energy bills.
NONPROFIT SOLAR PANELS RECYCLED
Coldharbour Institute is a Colorado-based non-profit that promotes regenerative living. It uses tools, support and programs to improve land, people and community health.
Their mission is to empower and educate youth and their community to make an impact on sustainability and green solutions.
Coldharbour Institute’s Equitable Solar Solutions, (ESS), program is one way to do this. It is dedicated to making solar energy more affordable to low-income residents of Gunnison and Colorado.
Stromberg, a Western Colorado University student, gave his students a mission while working with them. He has 12 solar panels left over, so he asks, “How can these assets be used to create the greatest value in our community for those most in need?”
Students devised and implemented a plan to place the panels on an ice rink in Gunnison. In the end, the rink used the money saved on utility bills to fund a program that helps low-income residents pay their energy bills. Hence, ESS was created.
PROVIDING CLEANENERGY TO THOSE WHO ARE MOST IN NEED
ESS purchases old panels from individuals or solar companies who are upgrading their home’s solar panel system. The program installs the donated panels to households that are unable to pay their utility bills.
The Gunnison Basin’s extreme cold winters, dry conditions and high elevations pose significant challenges for its residents. Access to reliable and sustainable energy is crucial for residents’ well-being. The extreme isolation of the region makes this even more difficult.
Climate change is driving a higher demand for clean energy than ever. The program combats climate change by providing low-income households with solar panels.
The obvious benefit of using solar energy to generate electricity for homes (and thus lowering your energy bills) is first. Repurposed solar panels can be kept out of landfills while preserving natural resources.