Paula Mints's Articles

- 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...

- August 13, 2012

What the U.S. and EU Countervailing Duty Investigations and Decisions Have In Common with Russian Roulette

Though the history of Russian Roulette is unclear, by definition it is a deadly game where an instrument is used in a lethal game of chance. Concerning the U.S. and EU countervailing...

- July 18, 2012

What the Wonderful Wizard of Oz Can Teach Solar

In the classic children's book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, Dorothy's dog Toto pulls back a curtain to reveal the Wizard as nothing but a normal man. "Pay no attention...

- July 09, 2012

Marketing Optimism versus Healthy Optimism

Mid-2012, the solar shutdowns and the industry's painful correction continue. Motech announced that it will shutter US-based polysilicon manufacturer AE Polysilicon, and GE announced...

- June 21, 2012

The Pied Piper of Grid Parity

You'd think that quarter after quarter of losses for PV industry manufacturers along with a steady march of failures would be enough to shake the industry loose from its addiction to...

- June 06, 2012

PV Industry Outsourcing is a Secret No More

Shocking though it may be, outsourcing is commonplace in the PV industry. Basically, with outsourcing Manufacturer A buys cells or modules from Manufacturer B and both report the outsourced...

- April 27, 2012

What's Profit Got To Do, Got To Do with It?

As the losses add up for leading PV industry manufacturers, and as manufacturing capacities are idled, it is important to remember that the current correction taking place the PV industry...

- April 16, 2012

PV's New Chapter, In Which It Returns to its DG Roots

Regional dominance in the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry has come and gone as have, over the terrestrial PV industry's ~40-year history, positive margins. In fact, positive margins...

- March 26, 2012

FiTs and the Future of European PV Markets

As the photovoltaic industry enters its post-feed-in-tariff (FiT) phase, it is important to remember that this incentive along with its ensuing profits was a recent phenomenon and was...

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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