Energy Payback and Responsible Recycling
Nanosolar continually strives to reduce the environmental impact of our research and development, engineering and manufacturing processes, and the carbon footprint of the solar cells and panels we manufacture. Producing electricity with photovoltaics (PV) emits no pollution, produces no greenhouse gases, and uses no finite fossil fuels. But it does take energy to save energy. The term “energy payback” captures this concept. Basically, Energy Payback Time is the time required for a module to generate the same amount of energy spent in its production.
The end-to-end lifecycle footprint of a Nanosolar Utility Panel is among the lowest in the solar industry for both carbon dioxide (CO2) and toxic emissions, and the energy payback time of our solar cells and panels is less than eight months.
Nanosolar is equally committed to recycling both office- and manufacturing waste at all of our facilities. Nanosolar is a proud member of PV Cycle, the European organization committed to responsibly recycling of solar panels.