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Global utility-scale solar tops 8.5GW

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The global installed capacity of utility-scale solar power plants topped 8.5GW this month, interim figures reveal.

Though final annual figures will not be published until the New Year, 2012 seems set for a record 3GW of new capacity against the 2.3GW of 2011

US and European companies still dominate large solar plant developments, according to lists from industry experts Wiki-Solar.

Seven of the top 10 engineering, procurement and construction contractors are from Germany.

The top 10, from number one, is Enerparc, Juwi Solar, First Solar, Sunselex, Q-Cells (now Hanwha Q.Cells), Saferay, GP Joule, Quanta Power Generation, Belectric and Activ Solar.

Wiki-Solar’s Philip Wolfe  said: “German contractors have maintained a strong position, even as the focus has switched from Germany and other European markets. Many have set up subsidiaries in the USA and other growing markets such as India, South Africa and South America.

“Systems engineering and development are still led by European and US-based companies, while Chinese companies are becoming prominent in the supply of solar modules.”

The top 10 of power off-takers, from number one, is San Diego Gas & Electric, Pacific Gas & Electric, NV Energy, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, Ontario Power, Sault Sainte Marie P U C, Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam, CPS Energy, envia and Salt River Project.

Wiki-Solar’s top 10 of inverter suppliers, from number one, is SMA, Schneider Electric, PowerOne, Danfoss, Refusol, Kaco, Santerno, Xantrex, Siemens and Radius.

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