The role of the finance providers
Most owners choose to share the total capital investment in solar power projects by seeking some debt or bond finance alongside the equity, which they contribute. Developers may also make a similar decision at earlier stages of the project.
This non equity finance may be provided by banks or other financial institutions, which we refer to as finance providers.
The finance providers may be compensated either with interest, or with a share of the revenue. Either way they will want to satisfy themselves about the capabilities of the EPC and O&M contractors selected and the quality of key components, such as solar modules and inverters.
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.
Non-equity financers are identified against 5.9% of the operating capacity on the Wiki-Solar Database (of which these top 26 account for 5.2%). The total capacity for finance providers listed may therefore be on average up to 15 times that identified here (though some do confirm details of their portfolio to Wiki-Solar).
Some finance providers listed also provide equity, so may be listed as owners of some in utility-scale projects. Any figures quoted here apply only to their non-equity provision of debt or bond finance. Where companies have maps, however, these will show all their projects.