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QLD leads the way in solar panel recycling

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In a groundbreaking move, the Queensland Government has announced a multi-million-dollar commitment to fund a nation-leading solar panel recycling program.

The $2.5 million pilot project will ensure that thousands of solar panels across the state can be recycled and reused, rather than ending up in landfill.

According to the Queensland Government, the solar panel recovery pilot will collect valuable data to inform the development of a national product stewardship scheme, helping to identify any gaps in Queensland’s recovery and processing capacities.

This program will not only divert waste from landfills but also create new job opportunities in recovery and processing activities across both metropolitan and regional areas.

In addition to the solar recycling initiative, the government has also dedicated almost $3 million to the Queensland Renewable Energy Industry Association Grants.

These funds will support the coordinated growth of the large-scale renewable energy industry, with a focus on solar panel recycling programs, landholder support projects, career fairs in regional areas, support for local councils, community engagement, and exploring the potential opportunities for on-farm benefits.

Queensland Environment Minister Leanne Linard emphasised the importance of this program.

“The solar panel recovery pilot will identify the best path forward in recycling solar panels once they have reached their end of life or have become damaged,” Linard said.

Kane Thornton, Clean Energy Council CEO said the Queensland Government has a vision for the future of renewable energy and is providing tangible support to ensure its success.

“As a direct result, Queensland is reaping the benefits of regional jobs and the economic prosperity that renewable and storage projects inevitably bring to communities,” Thornton said.

“I’d like to thank the Queensland Government for its steadfast support for our industry.”

Queensland’s renewable energy sector has seen significant growth in recent years, with more than 20 projects currently under construction and another 170 in the pipeline.

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