Paula Mints's Articles

- December 31, 2012

Solar New Year Resolutions

Out with the old calendar, in with the new calendar – similar to the US fiscal cliff problems (which may or may not be resolved by the time this article comes to print) the solar industry...

- December 12, 2012

Why Confirmation Bias is Dangerous in the Solar Industry

Confirmation bias is the tendency for people to seek out information that confirms their views – the attempt to eliminate confirmation is the number one goal of classic market research...

- December 10, 2012

12 Solar Power Myths and the Saving Grace of a Worthwhile Cause

Over the course of its terrestrial history, solar industry growth has primarily relied on incentives and subsidies for growth and as a mark of success, instead of healthy margins and...

- November 22, 2012

Solar 2012: A Tale of Two Points of View

The welcome end of 2012 approaches and with it hopefully a slowdown in the steady march of solar failures, depressing financials and mind numbing trade disputes. Thankfully, the long,...

- November 20, 2012

The Solar PV Ecosystem, A Brief History and a Look Ahead

The solar value chain, meaning its ecosystem, begins with raw material suppliers, winds its way through equipment and consumable suppliers, to ingot, wafer, cell technology manufacturers...

- November 02, 2012

Why the US Solar PV Industry Will Survive and Thrive

First – the photovoltaic industry is global and all regions participate in the good times and the hard times, though, not always at the same time and in the same way. For example, as...

- October 12, 2012

How Grid Parity (Among Other Fallacies) Almost Killed The Solar Industry...

The photovoltaic industry is currently in a state of extreme contraction brought about by overbuilding, which was brought about by the belief that the feed-in tariff incentive model...

- September 10, 2012

PV Still Facing a Bumpy Ride: Working in a Low-incentive World

To encourage the continuation of necessary incentives as well as utility participation, the PV industry has promised a consistent (and significant) reduction in module prices along...

- September 06, 2012

A Solar Panel Quality Manifesto

Falling prices for PV technology – new average price for inventory, $0.65/Wp, off brand b- and c-grade modules, falling margins, failing PV companies, fraud, poorly installed systems...

- August 22, 2012

The A B Cs of PV Technology Pricing

The current PV industry consolidation is affecting every level of the PV value chain as well as pressuring the prospects for the CSP and CPV industries. Unfortunately, despite continued...

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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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