First Solar leads world’s top 30 utility-scale solar EPC contractors ranking for 2015 released this week the list of world’s top 30 utility-scale solar EPC contractors for the year 2015, where First Solar ranks first again, as it did in 2014.

European contractors still play a prominent role in the world market for utility-scale solar projects according to figures shown in the table below released by Europe slipped to a distant third place when 2015 year-end figures were published recently, but its companies still benefit from the leadership it enjoyed earlier in the decade, with 16 in the world’s top 30 EPC contractors.


RankEPC contractorProjects numberCapacity MW AC
1First Solar [US]443,217
2Juwi Solar [DE]68895
3Swinerton Renewable Energy [US]41774
4Enerparc [DE]83757
5SunEdison [US] (part of: MEMC)43680
6SunPower Corporation [US] (inc. Sunray Renewable)26474
7Activ Solar [AT]11466
8TBEA SunOasis [CN] (part of: TBEA)8440
9Q-Cells [DE] (now: Hanwha Q.Cells)18409
10Bechtel [US]2376
11Eiffage [FR]6369
12Canadian Solar [CA]19363
13Amec Foster Wheeler [GB]9358
14IB Vogt Solar [DE]35343
15Trina Solar [CN]1331
16Martifer [PT]33318
17Phoenix Solar [DE]31292
18Belectric [DE]20262
19Toshiba [JP]6243
20Abengoa Solar [ES]3241
21Gestamp [ES] (now: X-Elio)17227
22Solarcentury [GB]22227
23Saferay [DE]16227
24Yingli Solar [CN]7217
25Conergy [DE] (now part of: Kawa Capital)20202
26Quanta Power Generation [US]9195
27GP Joule [DE]12182
28SunEnergy1 [US]8178
29Isolux Corsán [ES]10163
30Larsen & Toubro [IN]11163


Wiki-Solar founder, Philip Wolfe, says:

“The leading European contractors have taken the experience they acquired when their home markets were booming, and are now active in emerging markets around the world.Some of the prominent North American contractors are doing the same, though others have stuck mainly to their home market.”

Wiki-Solar points out that the contributions of some participants, both on and off the list, may be understated, because it holds data on the contractors for only about 50% of projects.

Philip Wolfe added:

“Many of the leading players keep us informed about their contributions, but the involvement of others is likely to be understated, typically by half.”

In particular there are likely to be more Chinese companies in the top ranks than the three shown here – Chinese projects tend not to publish details of the EPC contractors – and according to Wolfe, we can expect to see more Indian contractors next time the list is published.

Philip Wolfe concludes:

“It’s interesting to see some of the solar module manufacturers diversifying vertically into construction and project development, but the majority of the companies listed here remain pure play EPC contractors”.

Source: Press Release by Image Credit: Walmart via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).