Unlike many of its competitors, Wacker Chemie sources large amounts of renewable energy to power its production plants, which significantly reduces the CO2 footprint of the finished 1KOMMA5° modules. By doing so, the new all-black module has a roughly 50% lower carbon footprint compared to products using Chinese produced polysilicon.
Wacker can make the added claim its product is free from forced labor practices – with evidence existing of such practices at some Chinese polysilicon produces having tainted the solar industry.
As Natural Solar has written, polysilicon produced in China, and in particular Xinjiang, has been in the crosshairs of regulators recently. In the United States, shipments of solar panels have been stuck at the border, as US Customs officials detain them on suspicion of having been made with polysilicon made with forced labor. This situation has left solar companies and customers waiting many months for modules.
With its Wacker Chemie partnership, 1KOMMA5° is making sure this won’t happen to its Australian customers, meaning you can rest easy!