Where is the solar panel graveyard lo...

Where is the solar panel graveyard located?

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Cold Water

Brandon, VT

#1 May 14, 2013
When I bought my house a few years ago, it came with a big solar hot water set up. The system doesn't work and cant be fixed & I need a new roof. Does anyone know where I can legally dump the collector panels? How much will they cost to dump or can they be recycled?
Cold Water

Brandon, VT

#2 May 14, 2013
Can I safely bust them up to make removal easier? I'm not interested in a new setup as the old owners already installed an off the furnace system so they could sell the place.
Community Disorganizer

Trumbull, CT

#3 May 14, 2013
Cold Water wrote:
Can I safely bust them up to make removal easier? I'm not interested in a new setup as the old owners already installed an off the furnace system so they could sell the place.
Just leave it by the road with a "Free" sign next to it. Some so called greenie will find a use for it; like piping it to their new woodstove.

http://www.weeville.com/Furnace.jpg
flat lander

United States

#4 May 14, 2013
You damage one or even scratch one you can go to jail for life, but if you have a need to destroy something you can win a award for shutting down a nuclear station in this state.
Cold Water

Brandon, VT

#5 May 14, 2013
How can I tell if the panels still work? Is there a collection site in the area? These are very big roof mount type I think it would cost a small fortune to bring them to the transfer station.
cheap hot water

Claremont, NH

#6 May 14, 2013
I am not sure why you think that it can't be fixed, these are not complicated systems and can be real asset.

You can pressure test them, chances are they are still fine. If you are talking about flat panel hot water collectors they are really just some fancy black pipe under glass.

If they hold pressure I would consider replacing the small pump and controller that circulates the antifreeze if that is what is broken. It would still be worth it to replace the tank if that went bad.

You could be saving a respectable amount of money on your domestic hot water heating bill if you get the system up and running.
Cold Water

Brandon, VT

#7 May 14, 2013
cheap hot water wrote:
I am not sure why you think that it can't be fixed, these are not complicated systems and can be real asset.
You can pressure test them, chances are they are still fine. If you are talking about flat panel hot water collectors they are really just some fancy black pipe under glass.
If they hold pressure I would consider replacing the small pump and controller that circulates the antifreeze if that is what is broken. It would still be worth it to replace the tank if that went bad.
You could be saving a respectable amount of money on your domestic hot water heating bill if you get the system up and running.
I was told by the previous owner that it could not be fixed, that and the hot tub. The house was sold knowing that and with them not wanting to take it Dow themselves for fear of damaging the roof further. You seem to know something about it, who accepts used panels in the area?
Hmmm

Claremont, NH

#8 May 14, 2013
Cold Water wrote:
<quoted text> I was told by the previous owner that it could not be fixed, that and the hot tub. The house was sold knowing that and with them not wanting to take it Dow themselves for fear of damaging the roof further. You seem to know something about it, who accepts used panels in the area?
Well, if you just want to get rid of them, I would start with Craigslist if you just don't want to be bothered, someone will take them. Also, I assume that these are commercial panels and if that is the case they are likely made out of valuable alluminum and copper. I imagine that as scrap they are probably worth a few dollars, disasemble them and bring the metal to the scrapyard for a profit and the glass you could probably recycle for free at your local transfer station.

It's a shame they don't "work", did you get any other details beyond that? If the problem was elsewhere in the system, they could be worth selling whole.
Hmmm

Claremont, NH

#9 May 14, 2013
If the pipes are still connected the pressure test could be preformed in the basement, if they hold pressure they are worth leaving on the roof and using. Your roofer should be able to replace the roof without much extra effort around or under the panels if they are mounted on some sort of rack.

Using them to heat your domestic hot water can save you significant money. After space heating hot water is a households next largest energy expenditure.
Dr John Gofman

Brattleboro, VT

#10 May 15, 2013
Cold Water wrote:
When I bought my house a few years ago, it came with a big solar hot water set up. The system doesn't work and cant be fixed & I need a new roof. Does anyone know where I can legally dump the collector panels? How much will they cost to dump or can they be recycled?
Those have to be put in special containers and then placed inside a Yucca Mt. type underground storage site for thousands of years until their solar half-lifes deplete!
Our great-great-great-great-great- great grandchildren will be cursing our names over the expensive and deadly solar contamination mess we're making Now!-And that's we survive that long, IF our species isn't killed off by our insane folly of solardom
Cold Water

Williston, VT

#11 May 15, 2013
Hmmm wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, if you just want to get rid of them, I would start with Craigslist if you just don't want to be bothered, someone will take them. Also, I assume that these are commercial panels and if that is the case they are likely made out of valuable alluminum and copper. I imagine that as scrap they are probably worth a few dollars, disasemble them and bring the metal to the scrapyard for a profit and the glass you could probably recycle for free at your local transfer station.
It's a shame they don't "work", did you get any other details beyond that? If the problem was elsewhere in the system, they could be worth selling whole.
all that is left of the system are the panels & I think they might be from the 70's but I find it hard to believe my roof is that old, but could be. Are you positive that nothing toxic like the stuff in fluorescent bulbs are inside?
Cold Water

Williston, VT

#12 May 16, 2013
Anyway thank you for trying, I guess it is going to be a problem finding a place that will take worn out solar panels around here.
recycle

Claremont, NH

#13 May 16, 2013
Cold Water wrote:
<quoted text> all that is left of the system are the panels & I think they might be from the 70's but I find it hard to believe my roof is that old, but could be. Are you positive that nothing toxic like the stuff in fluorescent bulbs are inside?
Well without seeing them I cannot be "positive", but it is highly unlikely that there would be anything of concern in a flat panel solar hot water collector. It is essentially just an insulated box with a glass window filled with a long run of copper pipe.

They are worth enough in scrap metal that they surely wouldn't last long set out on the front lawn for free. They will be worth more if you can manage to take them down without breaking the glass.
I Know More Than You

Laconia, NH

#14 May 16, 2013
recycle wrote:
Well without seeing them I cannot be "positive", but it is highly unlikely that there would be anything of concern in a flat panel solar hot water collector. It is essentially just an insulated box with a glass window filled with a long run of copper pipe.
They are worth enough in scrap metal that they surely wouldn't last long set out on the front lawn for free. They will be worth more if you can manage to take them down without breaking the glass.
You are being trolled.

There is no solar panel, just a concern troll.

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