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RFI: Technical Research Opportunities for Photovoltaic System End-of-Life Management

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) has issued a request for information (RFI) to gather input on sustainable, cost-effective end-of-life practices for photovoltaic (PV) system components.


SETO requests feedback from solar and waste management industries, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to the PV end-of-life management process. As PV deployment increases, so will the amount of PV systems that will be retired. Better end-of-life handling, such as reuse or recycling processes, is needed to minimize the environmental impact of PV system waste.


The goal of this RFI is to gain insight on the current state of PV end-of-life in the United States and discover areas of research needed to reduce barriers to reuse and recycling. Learn more about SETO’s end-of-life research.


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Additional Information

The deadline to submit your response to this RFI is June 14, 2021, at 5 p.m. ET. You must email your response to seto.rfi.pv@ee.doe.gov as a Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment. Attachments larger than 25MB should be compressed, or zipped, to ensure message delivery. Only electronic responses will be accepted.


Please identify your answers by responding to a specific question or topic, if applicable.

Provide the following at the beginning of your response:

  • Company/institution name

  • Company/institution contact

  • Contact's address, phone number, and e-mail address

EERE Exchange Link: Download the RFI to learn more.

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