Paula Mints's Articles

- 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...

- September 16, 2013

Object Lesson: Europe's Solar Energy Market

An object lesson is a concrete example of a negative outcome often juxtaposed with a positive outcome, but it is a lesson that is almost always worth paying attention to.

- August 28, 2013

The Solar Pricing Struggle

Many a demand/supply PV industry participant has met their Waterloo/Alamo — choose your dramatic historical analogy — on the issue of pricing strategy. Figure 1(below) is a snapshot...

- August 21, 2013

Off-grid Solar Applications, Where Grid Parity Is Truly Meaningless

As profit margins for demand-side solar participants in the multi-megawatt grid-connected sector begin feeling the strain of low power purchase agreements (PPAs), tenders and other...

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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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