Mercom Capital Group Releases Report on Global Leading Utility-Scale Solar PV Developers in 2021 | New
AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–August 30, 2022–
Mercom Capital Group, a global clean energy communications, research and advisory firm, has released a new report announcing the 2021 world’s leading utility-scale solar PV developers covering the period from July 2020 to June 2021.
With 4.95 GW of operational projects, the Italian company Enel Green Power has become the world’s leading developer of solar photovoltaic systems in terms of operational capacity, followed closely by the Indian company Adani Green Energy (4.91 GW), the company French Engie (3.47 GW) ranking third. .
In terms of capacity under construction and allocated, Canadian Solar led the world’s developers with 22.2 GW, followed by Lightsource bp with 20.9 GW.
With a total capacity of 23.6 GW, Lightsource bp became the world’s leading solar PV developer based on operational, under construction and awarded (under contract) projects, closely followed by Canadian Solar with 23.5 GW. Brookfield Renewables ranked third with 19.5 GW.
When compiling this global report, a key qualifying criterion was developers with projects in at least two countries.
Major developers include several renewable energy arms of industrial and energy conglomerates, subsidiaries of asset management companies, and pure-play renewable and solar companies. They came from all over the world, including the UK, Canada, USA, India, Italy, Norway, France and Germany.
The top 10 developers represent over 125 GW of operational, under construction and awarded (under contract) solar projects. For projects under construction and awarded, leading utility-scale solar developers accounted for nearly 100 GW.
There were significant changes in the top 10 list from the previous year due to some large M&A deals in the industry, with gigawatt-scale portfolios changing hands. According to Mercom’s 2020 Solar Finance and M&A Report, approximately 40 GW of projects changed hands in calendar year 2020. In the July 2020 to June 2021 reporting period, more than 64 GW of projects have been acquired worldwide.
Among the top 10 global solar developers, the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region accounted for approximately 24% of developer capacity; North America at around 18%; and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at around 20%. About 38% of the projects were located in Latin America.
A significant number of facilities and projects being built by top developers were in Latin America. Countries like Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Argentina have good solar resources and are experiencing lower prices and favorable policies.
“Despite the lockdowns, labor shortages and supply chain issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, leading solar developers have overcome these challenges and continued to grow in both mature and emerging markets. at an unprecedented rate,” said Raj Prabhu, CEO of Mercom Capital Group.
The full report, 2021 Leading Global Large-Scale Solar PV Developers, is available here.
About Mercom Capital Group
Mercom Capital Group is a global communications, research and advisory firm focused on clean energy. Mercom produces financing and market intelligence reports covering solar and battery storage/smart grid/efficiency. Mercom advises cleantech companies on new market entry, custom market intelligence and strategic decision making. https://www.mercomcapital.com.
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