Solar Modules Escape Toxic-Substance Ban In EU Decision

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Ministers from the European Union (EU) have voted to exempt PV modules from European law that bans certain toxic substances in electrical goods, Reuters reports.

The toxic-substances ban applies to six specified hazardous substances, including the cadmium used in thin-film modules manufactured by First Solar and other companies.

‘In order to attain the EU's ambitious targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency, photovoltaic panels to produce energy from solar light do not have to comply with the restriction,’ the ministers stated.

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