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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    There are a lot of them about on eBay or similar. Crazy idea or not? In the spirit of recycling it seems wasteful to buy new if not absolutely necessary.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2020
    Agree, certainly for off grid use, if connected to grid, it could be a hassle but I have used s/h on a charity building with MCS and FiTs
    • CommentAuthorEd Davies
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2020
    OTOH, are there many second-hand panels around now? A year or two ago there were quite a lot (https://bimblesolar.com/ had them all the time) but they seem to have dried up. Most came from PV farms which were upgrading from first-generation panels of 280W or so to newer approx 340W panels but that seems to have all happened now.
    • CommentAuthorrevor
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2020 edited
    If was having a go at experimenting with them for off grid use would be worth a punt. Have seen new lower power panels 250/280 w for £80 or so.


    Would need someone registered really to connect to grid so with cost of that and inverters and maybe batteries new panels cost wise is a small chunk of total. Read the other day that over next 10 years Australia have got some 100,000 tonnes of panels that will need recycling and are not geared up to do it. Apparently it was stated that UK are one the few who are able to recycle solar panels so if you found someone who did, they may sell on for second use?
    A friend installed 17kW inset on his roof as he was building the roof himself got an MCS registered electrician to provide the inverters and install them and signed off the whole job.
    • CommentAuthorjms452
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2020 edited
    Posted By: revorRead the other day that over next 10 years Australia have got some 100,000 tonnes of panels that will need recycling and are not geared up to do it

    If you've got the space (which Austraila has) it would make financial and environmental sense to strip out any total fails and leave them generating where they are albeit at 20% less capacity. They've paid off their carbon and already been transported to where the power's needed so are greener than new panels.

    Team them up with reduced capacity EV batteries that aren't viable in cars any more and you have dispatchable virtually zero carbon footprint power.
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