Finlay Colville joins Solarbuzz

San Francisco, Calif. – Finlay Colville, a well-known and respected authority on laser processing of photovoltaic materials, has joined Solarbuzz as senior analyst. Solarbuzz is an international solar energy market research and consulting business. Finlay will be responsible for enhancing Solarbuzz reporting on solar manufacturing equipment, including technologies, trends, and forecasts within the solar industry.

During the past five years, Finlay has been visible in the marketplace through his weekly contributions in the laser and solar press, which have kept the laser industry updated with technology trends in the solar industry. Alongside his regular speaking engagements at solar specific events, he became a leading advocate for the laser industry collectively through the eyes of the solar manufacturing community. The more focused view he will gain from his new role at one of the solar industry’s leading analyst firms will bring a new level of technology and supply-chain understanding, which may prove invaluable to the laser community as it increasingly turns to the solar segment for revenue growth streams.

“We are excited to welcome Finlay to Solarbuzz’s worldwide team of professional analysts,” noted Craig Stevens, president of Solarbuzz. “Finlay’s industry knowledge and market insights will be a great addition to our business. We look forward to tapping his industry expertise as we continue to provide unparalleled marketing research and information services to the industry.”

Colville brings more than 10 years of experience in the photovoltaics industry to his new role at Solarbuzz. Most recently, he served as director of marketing for Coherent Inc.’s solar business unit, where he managed the firm’s market intelligence and product strategy in the solar sector. Before that, Colville was a technical director at Capital City Lasers, a start-up laser company based in Edinburgh, UK, and also held various roles in R&D at a range of laser companies in both the UK and US. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Glasgow and a received a PhD in laser physics from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

“I am excited to be joining the Solarbuzz team, which has built a strong reputation for its extensive market knowledge throughout the entire solar/PV value supply chain. As the industry continues to witness astonishing growth rates, I look forward to leveraging the knowledge and insight of such a distinguished team, while helping to expand its client base with new reports, services and expertise,” said Colville.

The announcement follows closely on the heels of Solarbuzz’s recent acquisition by The NPD Group last month, signalling continued growth for the business as it expands its market research expertise on a global scale. For more information, visit

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