Starting this year, ground-mounted solar modules in Germany can be replaced before the end of their service life, unlocking gigawatt-scale potential for new generation capacity without lengthy permitting processes or the need for new sites. Opinions differ as to what should happen with the decommissioned but still functioning modules, as pv magazine Deutschland’s Sandra Enkhardt reports.
This solar park has already been repowered. The output increased from around 3 GW to 8 GW. The replaced solar modules showed severe degradation and are stacked on pallets. In this case, they went straight to recycling.
Photo: Karl-Heinz Remmers
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