180 – Sustainable Solar Disposal: A Deep Dive with Connor Hogan of OnePlanet Solar Recycling

In this episode of theInsiders’ Guide to Energy“,  we explore the pioneering work of Connor Hogan, co-founder of OnePlanet Solar Recycling. Connor, who transitioned from a solid background in energy finance and technology development, identified a crucial gap in the renewable energy sector: the sustainable disposal and recycling of solar panels. This episode delves into how OnePlanet is tackling this increasingly pressing issue as solar energy adoption expands globally.

OnePlanet Solar Recycling stands out for its dedicated focus on recycling solar modules, a niche yet vital aspect of sustainable energy practices. The company was born out of a necessity recognized by Connor and his co-founders, who brought together their diverse expertise from the renewable energy, steel manufacturing, and metals recycling sectors to address the end-of-life phase of solar energy products. Their mission is clear: to innovate recycling processes that are not only environmentally friendly but also economically viable.

Throughout the conversation, Connor discusses the challenges and technological innovations in solar recycling. He explains how the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) has catalyzed the sector by providing financial incentives for recycling advanced energy equipment, which has significantly propelled companies like OnePlanet. These insights are crucial for understanding the intersection of policy, technology, and business in driving green initiatives.

Listeners will also get a sneak peek into some of the unique challenges faced in the solar recycling industry, including the technical and logistical complexities of breaking down and repurposing solar panel components. Connor shares his strategic vision for the company, emphasizing the importance of creating efficient recycling solutions that align with global sustainability goals while being mindful of the economic landscape.

This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in renewable energy, sustainability, and how innovative companies are turning environmental challenges into business opportunities. Tune in to hear how OnePlanet Solar Recycling is setting new standards in the industry and contributing to a more sustainable planet.

Meet our Guest: https://www.linkedin.com/in/connorh1/