The initiator of a solar generation project responsible for its initial design and early consenting
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 the position in July 2013, slightly updated following this release. The situation changes continually so check back for updated lists.
First Solar [US]
Juwi Solar [DE]
Activ Solar [AT]
Huanghe Company [CN]
CECEP - China Energy Conservation & Environmental Protection
Solarhybrid [DE] (now defunct)
CGN Solar Energy [CN] (part of China General Nuclear Power)
Unlimited Energy [DE]
Recurrent Energy [US]
Q-Cells (now Hanwha Q.Cells) [DE]
Sempra Energy [US]
SunPower Corporation [US]
EDF Renewable Energy [US] (formerly enXco)
Huadian Power International [CN]
Ningxia Electric Power Group [CN]
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 projects of 10MWp+ on the Wiki-Solar Database, which have been commissioned, and according to these criteria.
We had 15.1GWp of such utility-scale plants on our database, when this list was compiled in July 2013. Of that capacity, developers are listed against 83%; of which this top-20 list accounts for 47%.
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.