North America Solar Panel Recycling Market Size, Share, Opportunities, COVID-19 Impact, And Trends By Type (Silicon-Based, Thin Film Based), By Recycling Material (Glass, Metal, Others), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2021 To 2026

Published:  Sep 2021 Report Code: KSI061612667 Pages: 82

The North America solar panel recycling market is evaluated at US$14.327 million for the year 2020 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 27.37% reaching the market size of US$77.892 million by the year 2026.

The rising adoption of solar energy solutions in countries like the U.S., Canada, and Mexico is projected to drive the demand for solar panel recycling solutions in the region. The governments in the region have implemented favorable policies and incentives for the installation of solar power, which is projected to prompt the need of recycling the installed solar panels in the future. Rising awareness about the harmful impact of elements present in the solar panel is also forcing companies to opt for recycling services, which is expected to positively impact the market growth during the assessment period.

north america solar panel recycling market

The recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease had a negative impact on the North America solar panel recycling market. Lockdowns and strict COVID-19 measures led to the shutting down of factories. This led to a halt in the solar panel recycling activities and hence harmed the market growth. Furthermore, the pandemic led to a decline in the installations of new solar panels, as the supply chain was disrupted, and hence will have a negative impact on the solar panel recycling market in the future, as lesser installations mean a lesser number of panels to be recycled. However, as the activities have continued in most parts of the world, the market is expected to continue at its normal pace from 2021 onwards.

Increased adoption of solar power.

The rising concerns regarding the environmental pollution caused by greenhouse gas emissions, and the depleting fossil fuel reserves led to the adoption of solar panels in North America at a rapid pace. According to the U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, the solar power capacity in the United States was 0.34 GW in 2008 which increased to 97.2 GW in 2020. As per Solar Energy Industries Association, solar accounted for 58% of all new electricity-generating capacity added in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2021. Furthermore, the average cost of solar PV panels decreased substantially in North America which led to an even increased pace of solar PV installations. Furthermore, Canada and Mexico have also increased their focus on solar power and have witnessed increased installation of solar panels over the past years. According to the Canadian Renewable Energy Association, Canada installed 70 MW of solar PV capacity in 2020 which made its cumulative installed solar capacity surpass 3 GW. The North American region, especially the United States, has increased its solar capacity at an impressive rate, which is expected to increase the need for recycling of the solar panels and hence is anticipated to propel the growth of the solar panel recycling market in North America in the coming years.

Government policies supporting solar panel recycling.

As the concerns regarding the disposal of solar PV wastes have stirred up, governments of a few states have started passing regulations supporting the recycling of solar panels, which is anticipated to surge the growth of the solar panel recycling market in North America during the forecast period. The government of California passed a regulation that took effect on January 2021 which allows for EoL PV modules to be managed as universal hazardous waste. Also, California passed a regulation that will require PV module manufacturers, beginning July 1, 2023, to finance the takeback and reuse or recycling of PV modules sold within or into the state, after July 1, 2017, a no cost to the end-user.

North America Solar Panel Recycling Market Scope:

Report Metric Details
 Market size value in 2020  US$14.327 million
 Market size value in 2026  US$77.892 million
 Growth Rate  CAGR of 27.37% from 2020 to 2026
 Base year  2020
 Forecast period  2021–2026
 Forecast Unit (Value)  USD Million
 Segments covered  Type, Recycling Material, And Geography
 Regions covered  North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific
 Companies covered  First Solar Inc., Canadian Solar Inc., Echo Environmental, LLC, SunPower   Corporation,  Dynamic Lifecycle Innovations, Cleanlites Recycling, Inc, FabTech   Enterprises Inc
 Customization scope  Free report customization with purchase



  • By Type
    • Silicon-Based
    • Thin Film Based
  • By Recycling Material
    • Glass
    • Metal
    • Others
  • By Geography
    • USA
    • Canada
    • Mexico


1. Introduction
1.1. Market Definition
1.2. Market Segmentation

2. Research Methodology
2.1. Research Data
2.2. Assumptions

3. Executive Summary
3.1. Research Highlights

4. Market Dynamics
4.1. Market Drivers
4.2. Market Restraints
4.3. Porters Five Forces Analysis
4.3.1. Bargaining Power of End-Users
4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers
4.3.3. Threat of New Entrants
4.3.4. Threat of Substitutes
4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry
4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis

5. North America Solar Panel Recycling Market Analysis, by Type
5.1. Introduction
5.2. Silicon-Based
5.3. Thin Film Based

6. North America Solar Panel Recycling Market Analysis, by Recycling Material
6.1. Introduction
6.2. Glass
6.3. Metal
6.4. Others

7. North America Solar Panel Recycling Market Analysis, by Geography
7.1. Introduction
7.2. USA
7.3. Canada
7.4. Mexico

8. Competitive Environment and Analysis
8.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis
8.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrativeness
8.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations
8.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix

9. Company Profiles 
9.1. First Solar Inc.
9.2. Canadian Solar Inc.
9.3. Echo Environmental, LLC
9.4. SunPower Corporation
9.5. Dynamic Lifecycle Innovations
9.6. Cleanlites Recycling, Inc
9.7. FabTech Enterprises Inc

First Solar Inc.

Canadian Solar Inc.

Echo Environmental, LLC

SunPower Corporation

Dynamic Lifecycle Innovations

Cleanlites Recycling, Inc

FabTech Enterprises Inc


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