Michael Barker

Michael Barker
Senior Analyst
United States

Michael Barker leads downstream research efforts for NPD Solarbuzz. He focuses on major end-markets in the Americas, monitors the status of the global PV industry supply/demand balance, and watches related emerging trends. His responsibilities include producing the Solarbuzz Quarterly, Marketbuzz,, and North America PV Markets Quarterly reports. He has also directed custom research projects focusing on a variety of topics, including energy storage and global demand trends. Barker is also a regular contributor to leading PV industry publications and participates frequently in major PV conferences, as a keynote speaker or session moderator.

Before joining NPD Solarbuzz, Barker led a team that wrote and presented business plans for SolNano, a company focused on bringing proprietary nano-scale solar PV technology to market. During that time, Barker also lectured at the University of Idaho College of Business and Economics, and conducted innovative research covering waste-to-energy systems in Guatemala for the University of Idaho’s Martin Institute. He has a BS in Business Economics with a minor in International Business from the University of Idaho.

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