Maps available for selected companies using pull-down menus above or hyperlinks below
This category was added to the Wiki-Solar Database later than most of the other roles, so there is less data available, and these rankings are less reliable than others in this section of the website (see notes below right).
This list is based on the figures available at the end of 2018.
Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company [AE]
Deutsche Bank [DE]
Overseas Private Investment Corporation [US]
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking [JP]
Clean Energy Finance Corporation [AU]
Development Bank of Southern Africa [ZA]
Export-Import Bank [CN]
Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau [DE]
Wells Fargo [US]
Norddeutsche LandesBank [DE]
Asian Development Bank
US Bankcorp Community Development Corp [US]
Bank of Tokyo [JP]
Inter-American Development Bank [US]
Australian Renewable Energy Agency [AU]
HSH Nordbank [DE]
Banco do Nordeste [IT]
Mizuho Bank [JP]
China Development Bank [CN]
EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)
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.
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.
To contribute to the capital cost of large scale solar projects debt finance is provided alongside the owners' or developers' equity