SPV Market Research

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Paula Mints is the Founder and Chief Market Research Analyst of the global solar market research firm SPV Market Research. Ms. Mints began her solar market research career in 1997 with Strategies Unlimited. In 2005 she left Strategies Unlimited for Navigant where she continued her practice until October 2012, when she founded SPV Market Research.

Personal Motto: As long as I remain driven by the pure love of my work -- the process, not the end result -- and by a commitment to my clients and my industry (solar), I know I am fine.

Areas of expertise include: Global markets and applications for solar products, cell and module cost and price analysis, system and system component (including inverters, trackers and other balance of system components) analysis, and trend analysis. 

Ms. Mints provides classic market research products based on primary research and focused on the supply and demand sides of the solar industry and its technologies. She publishes often with Renewable Energy World and Renewable Energy Focus. Her chapter, Overview of Photovoltaic Production, Markets and Perspectives, was published in the Fraunhofer/Elsevier book Advances in Photovoltaics Volume 1, edited by Dr. Gerhard Willeke and Dr. Eicke Weber.  Ms. Mints also speaks at several high profile conferences a year, including the IEEE PVSC, the EU PVSEC, Intersolar Europe and US as well as others. All of Ms. Mints work is based on primary research of the supply and demand sides of the solar industry. The database that forms the foundation of her work was established in 1974. Ms. Mints has continued the classic market research methodology that was established at that time.


Ms. Mints is on the Intersolar Europe and Intersolar US conference committees as well as the Renewable Energy World Conference committee and the SPI (Solar Power International) conference committees.  She also serves on the expert committee of the EU PV Platform.

Ms. Mints earned her MBA at San Jose State University in 1999.

Specific areas of expertise include PV industry costs and prices, manufacturing capacity, production, shipments and inventory, manufacturer revenues as well as installations, applications and global markets for solar products including CPV and CSP.