Maps available for selected companies using pull-down menus above or hyperlinks below
First Solar [US] including Solar Chile
State Power Investment Corporation [CN] including Huanghe Company, China Power Investment, SEP Japan
SunEdison [US] including First Wind, Axio Power, Enfinity [BE] & MEMC
Hareon Solar [CN]
Shunfeng [CN] including S.A.G. Solarstrom [DE]
Juwi Solar [DE]
GCL-Poly Energy Holdings [HK]
Trina Solar [CN]
Strata Solar [US]
Innovative Solar Systems [US]
Tenaska Solar Ventures [US]
TBEA (Tebian Electric Apparatus ) [CN] (inc. SunOasis)
EDF Energies Nouvelles [FR] including Fotosolar [ES], EDF Renewable Energy [US]
Engie (formerly GDF Suez) [FR] including SolaireDirect
SunPower Corporation [US]
Activ Solar [AT]
China Guodian Corporation [CN]
Tata Power [IN] (inc. Welspun Energy, Northwest, Viraj)
Sempra Energy [US]
Belectric [DE] including Big60Million
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.
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.
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.
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 76% of the operating capacity on the Wiki-Solar Database (of which these top 26 account for 28%). The total capacity for developers listed may therefore be on average up to 20% above 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.
The initiator of a solar generation project responsible for its initial design and early consenting