ERI’s John Shegerian Shares Insights at VERGE22 on Responsibly Recycling Solar Panels

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Yesterday, John Shegerian, Chairman and CEO of ERI, the nation’s largest fully integrated IT and electronics asset disposition provider, was a featured speaker on an opening day panel about what to do with solar panels when they have reached their useful “end-of-life.” The panel helped kick off events at the VERGE22 annual conference at the San Jose Convention Center.

Shegerian was an invited contributor to the panel discussion titled “The End of Life of Solar Panels” alongside Janette Freeman of FabTech Solar Solutions and Eddie Inamdar of the E-Waste & Solar Recycling Center. The discussion was moderated by StopWaste Program Manager Ben Cooper. During the presentation, Shegerian shared insights on the aging out of the previous generation of solar panels and how circular economy strategies to keep decommissioned panels out of landfills are the only viable solution to the issue.

Produced by GreenBiz, VERGE is the leading climate tech event accelerating solutions to the most pressing challenges of our time. It attracts thousands of leaders — from business, government, solution providers and startups — working together to address the climate crisis across six strategic areas: clean energy, sustainable transportation, carbon removal, regenerative food systems, net-zero buildings and the startup ecosystem.

“It was a great honor and privilege to be on stage with my esteemed colleagues at VERGE22 this year,” said Shegerian. “Our friends at GreenBiz produce vitally important impact events, providing decision makers, investors and policymakers with critical thought leadership and an opportunity for experts to share what they know and discuss vital best practices. Communication and education are vital if we are to problem-solve and work together to create solutions that protect our planet. The responsible recycling of solar panels is a critical part of that discussion. We’re grateful to GreenBiz and the organizers of VERGE22 for including such impactful dialogue at this timely event.”

ERI is the largest fully integrated IT and electronics asset disposition provider and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company in the United States. ERI is certified at the highest level by all leading environmental and data security oversight organizations to de-manufacture, recycle, and refurbish every type of electronic device in an environmentally responsible manner. It is the first and only company in its industry to achieve SOC 2 certification for security and data protection. ERI has the capacity to process more than a billion pounds of electronic waste annually at its eight certified locations, serving every zip code in the United States. ERI’s mission is to protect people, the planet and privacy. For more information about e-waste recycling and ERI, call 1-800-ERI-DIRECT or visit

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