As progressive as Australians are when it comes to solar panel innovation, they lag a bit, too. Australians are removing their solar panels earlier than expected, and it's causing a ruckus.
According to The Conversation, they're reporting that removing solar panels too early in Australia is followed by incentives in the country...however, it's also adding to its growing waste problem. And the problem is getting worse annually.
The Conversation states that Australia will "accumulate 1 million tonnes of solar panel waste by 2047 - the same weight as 19 Sydney Harbour Bridges." Unfortunately, researchers predict the number will be larger and more dire than 1 million tonnes.
But why? Australians are removing solar panel installations after approximately 12 years. That's too premature, as solar panels could very well last up to 30 years or more.