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Rank

Project developer

Projects number

Capacity MWAC

1

First Solar [US] including Solar Chile

75

4,783

2

Canadian Solar [CA] including Recurrent Energy [US]

107

3,264

3

SunEdison [US] (now in insolvency)

120

3,037

4

State Power Investment Corporation [CN] including Huanghe Company, China Power Investment, SEP Japan

55

2,897

5

ENEL Green Power [IT]

37

2,433

6

NextEra Energy [US]

44

2,299

7

Adani [IN]

29

1,909

8

Engie [FR] (including SolaireDirect)

76

1,738

9

Shunfeng [CN] including S.A.G. Solarstrom [DE]

9

1,588

10

SunPower Corporation [US]

43

1,514

11

Cypress Creek Renewables [US]

127

1,352

12

National Thermal Power Corporation [IN]

15

1,350

13

ACME [IN]

40

1,292

14

BrightSource Energy [US]

6

1,220

15

Abengoa Solar [ES]

17

1,179

16

JinkoSolar [CN]

15

1,139

17

Tata Power [IN]

30

1,128

18

Hareon Solar [CN]

10

1,074

19

Florida Power & Light [US] (part of: NextEra Energy)

14

1,003

20

China Minsheng New Energy [CN]

1

1,000

21

Enerparc [DE]

136

983

22

GCL-Poly Energy Holdings [HK]

25

962

23

juwi AG [DE]

83

951

24

China Singyes [CN]

1

935

25

FRV (Fotowatio & Renewable Ventures) [NL] (now part of: ALJ)

21

914

Leading utility-scale solar power project developers

The most recently published list of the top-ranked utility-scale solar project developers is shown below. Maps are available for those whose names are hyper-linked.

This shows an estimate of the position in the middle of 2016. The situation changes continually so check back for updated lists.

What is a project developer?

The project developer typically initiates new solar power projects and owns them during at least the early stages of development. This would usually include site selection, including negotiations with the landowner, and the initial designerating station.

The developer will usually handle the consenting process both for planning approval and grid connection, and often also appoints the EPC contractor and identifies the preferred power off-taker.

Some project developers retain ownership of projects they have developed, but many will sell them on to a new owner before, during or after construction.

Where the developer retains the project during the construction phase, it will normally seek to finance part of the cost through non-equity finance.

Basis of the data used

The data used for the analysis and the table on the left is derived from operating projects of 4MWAC+ on the Wiki-Solar Database, according to these criteria.

Project developers are identified against 28% of the operating capacity on the Wiki-Solar Database (of which these top 25 account for 25%). The total capacity for developers listed may therefore be on average up to four times that identified here (though many do confirm details of their portfolio to Wiki-Solar).

Because capacity is included in these figures only when the plant is connected, the total capacity now developed by many of those listed will be higher.

Some developers in this list also fulfil other roles in utility-scale projects. The figures quoted here apply only to their project development activities. Where companies have maps, however, these will show all their projects.

Project developer

The initiator of a solar generation project responsible for its initial design and early consenting

The Topaz solar project, developed by First Solar