India's Solar Boom Requires Strategic Waste Management

India's solar capacity is expected to reach 292 gigawatts by 2030, with an estimated increase of solar waste reaching 19,000 kilotonnes by 2050, mostly due to additional capacities.


The Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW) sees this as an opportunity for India to pioneer circular economy principles in the solar industry, assuring robust supply chains.

According to a research undertaken under Niti Aayog's Action Plan for Circular Economy, India need solar waste management regulations tailored to its specific needs. India has already taken action, such as revising the E-waste Management Rules 2022 to include solar devices under extended producer responsibility (EPR).

CEEW stresses the need of dealing with solar waste, not just for environmental reasons, but also for energy security and circular economy development. They push for strong recycling systems to protect renewable ecosystems, provide green jobs, and improve mineral security. While solar recycling technologies are new, legislative support is critical for business growth and resource efficiency.