Power minister provides information on waste management of solar components

As per information given by minister of power and new and renewable energy, R.K. Singh, in the Rajya Sabha, the management of waste generated from solar photovoltaic modules, panels, and cells has been added to the E-Waste Management Rules, 2022 announced in November 2022. As per the rules, every manufacturer and producer of solar photovoltaic modules and cells must store the waste generated up to the year 2034-35 as per the guidelines laid by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) guidelines.

Furthermore, all solar equipment and material producers must register themselves in the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change’s E-Waste Management System portal. They must ensure that the processing of waste other than the solar PV modules or panels or cells is done as per the applicable rules. Lastly, the minister stated that the recyclers of solar modules and cells will be responsible for the recovery of useful materials from them as per CPCB norms.