Solar, Utility Integration

Paula Mints on Solyndra, PV grid parity

Paula Mints, Navigant Consulting, speaks with senior technical editor Debra Vogler about the “S” word: Solyndra. She also explains why grid parity is “almost meaningless.”

October 18, 2011 — Paula Mints, frequent Photovoltaics World tradeshow commentator and director of energy at Navigant Consulting, speaks with senior technical editor Debra Vogler about the “S” word: Solyndra. She also explains why grid parity is “almost meaningless.” Mints’ interview takes place at Solar Power International 2011 in Dallas, TX.
Much ado is being made out of nothing, Mints asserts — Solyndra was a small mistake in a big industry. Mints likes the European model of public/private partnership funding for solar photovoltaics value chain development.

Investments are neccessary for the US to have a foothold in the global solar photovoltaics manufacturing industry.

Mints also gives information on her session on commercialization at Solar Power International, taking place Tuesday afternoon, with speakers on everything from building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), to concentrator photovoltaics (CPV), and due diligence.

Commenting on recent research she shared on Photovoltaics World, Mints describes how difficult it is for solar photovoltaics suppliers to control their prices, and why the industry is losing money as it competes for a “meaningless” grid parity. Read: Playing chicken with solar industry pricing