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Rank

Project developer

Projects number

Capacity MWp

1

First Solar [US] including Solar Chile

49

2,959

2

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

49

2,498

3

SunEdison [US] including First Wind, Axio Power, Enfinity [BE] & MEMC

94

1,769

4

Hareon Solar [CN]

10

1,074

5

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

7

951

6

8minutenergy [US]

9

938

7

Canadian Solar [CA] including Recurrent Energy [US]

68

929

8

Juwi Solar [DE]

63

745

9

GCL-Poly Energy Holdings [HK]

13

689

10

Trina Solar [CN]

6

684

11

Strata Solar [US]

103

617

12

Innovative Solar Systems [US]

19

609

13

Enerparc [DE]

76

585

14

Tenaska Solar Ventures [US]

3

528

15

TBEA (Tebian Electric Apparatus ) [CN] (inc. SunOasis)

17

525

16

EDF Energies Nouvelles [FR] including Fotosolar [ES], EDF Renewable Energy [US]

38

519

17

Engie (formerly GDF Suez) [FR] including SolaireDirect

54

514

18

CECEP China Energy Conservation & Environmental Protection

14

495

19

Adani [IN]

3

487

20

SunPower Corporation [US]

27

482

21

Activ Solar [AT]

11

469

22

China Guodian Corporation [CN]

19

457

23

Tata Power [IN] (inc. Welspun Energy, Northwest, Viraj)

17

431

24

Sempra Energy [US]

3

425

25

Belectric [DE] including Big60Million

28

423

26

Lightsource Renewable Energy [GB]

18

336

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 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.

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