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Paula Mints's Articles

- August 06, 2014

How the Don Quixote Principle Drives Solar

For decades the photovoltaic industry has been driven by its beliefs, hopes, the availability of incentives, and what it is willing to ignore in terms of market realities and technological...

- July 02, 2014

The Rise of the Residential Solar PV Customer

Residential solar is booming in the U.S., driven primarily by the lease/power buying business model. This model appeals to the energy consumer’s desire for a degree of independence...

- May 15, 2014

The Solar PV Shipment Shell Game

Outsourcing has been a common practice in the photovoltaic industry since…always. Ignoring it in favor of reporting higher shipment numbers has been a common practice since…always....

- April 07, 2014

April Fools, Magical Thinking, and PV Manufacturer Shipment Announcements

The good news: PV industry shipments of in-house manufacturer production grew by 30 percent in 2013 over 2012 to 33.8-GWp and manufacturer inventory decreased.

- March 14, 2014

And the Future of Residential Solar Is…Up for Grabs

Get ready — there is a revolution in residential solar going on. From financing models, solar leases, community (group buy) to owners of multi-unit housing complexes potentially becoming...

- January 21, 2014

Top Ten PV Manufacturers from 2000 to Present: A Pictorial Retrospective

From 2000 (shipments of 252 MWp), through 2013 (estimated shipments of 33.4 GWp), PV industry shipments to the first buyer have grown by a compound annual 46 percent, albeit not always...

- January 07, 2014

The Benefits and Likelihood of Solar Trends in 2014 and Beyond

Time is the primary difference between a fad and a trend. Fads are fleeting. Trends develop over time altering behavior in some relatively permanent fashion. The adverb relatively is...

- December 24, 2013

The Return of the Badly Rhyming 12 Days of Solar Christmas

As the global PV industry struggles out of consistent quarterly losses in 2012 through initially mixed results in 2013 and with some companies returning to positive gross margins and...

- November 20, 2013

The First Solar Energy Top Ten List of Things to Remember as We Exit 2013

Starting in late December and continuing through Q1 2014, top ten lists will begin popping up — top ten manufacturers, top ten markets, top ten this, top ten that, top ten mistakes...

- October 14, 2013

The Aggressive Solar Pricing U-Turn that Was Impossible to Make

Traditionally the solar industry has tracked its progress along the learning curve by observing price behavior. This methodology has led to premature announcements of success under...

Paula Mints

Paula Mints

SPV Market Research is a classic solar market research practice focused on gathering data through primary research and providing analyses of the global solar industry. Areas of expertise include PV technologies, markets and applications....

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