Energy Acuity is the leading provider of solar power generation and solar power delivery market intelligence. Below are the Top 10 U.S. Solar Developers by MW capacity within the Energy Acuity’s Solar Database.

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Top 10 U.S. Solar Developers


1.) First Solar — Projects: 71 | Capacity (MW): 7,656.50

First Solar is the global leader in photovoltaic (PV) solar energy solutions. With more than 8 gigawatts (GW) installed worldwide, First Solar believes that clean affordable solar electricity is an essential part of the global energy mix. Their proven energy solutions have diversified the energy portfolio and reduced the risk of fuel-price volatility while delivering an LCOE that is cost competitive with fossil fuels.

First Solar, has developed, financed, engineered, constructed, and currently operates many of the world’s largest grid-connected PV power plants in existence. By integrating technologies, services, and expertise across the entire solar value chain, First Solar delivers bankable PV energy solutions that enable a world powered by reliable and affordable solar electricity.

2.) 8Minutenergy — Projects: 43 | Capacity (MW): 7,598.98

8minutenergy develops, finances, engineers, constructs, holds, operates, maintains solar projects as well as acquires and develops projects that are ready for construction. Their projects target all regions of the United States, including California (the largest renewable energy market in the U.S.).

8minutenergy’s unique, proprietary process accelerates permitting and development by selecting land-sites and technologies that mitigate risk and minimize approval obstacles. Power grid analysis and detailed land assessments are employed to choose optimal power plant sites that are then validated for economic viability. As a result of this, and the extensive experience of their veteran team, the development timeframe is typically much faster than those of other solar developers.

8minutenergy prefers to build its solar projects on “disturbed” land (example: low-value farmland) for lower environmental impact and faster permitting. Access to the distribution or transmission grid is also key, and 8minutenergy has developed specific processes to make sure that their projects can interconnect quickly and with little investment.

3.) Cypress Creek Renewables — Projects: 629 | Capacity (MW): 7,505.45

Cypress Creek Renewables is pursuing opportunities across the United States. Their business model is primarily focused on utility-scale ground mount projects from 2-10MW AC in capacity. Cypress brings extensive development experience and very aggressive financing to create new opportunities in emerging solar markets. Their goal is to make solar an economically attractive option without additional state incentives.

4.) sPower (Sustainable Power Group) — Projects: 104 | Capacity (MW): 5,339.43

sPower (Sustainable Power Group), headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT with offices in San Francisco, CA and New York City, NY, is a leading independent power producer (IPP) which owns and/or operates more than 130 utility and distributed electrical generation systems across the US. With a project pipeline greater than a gigawatt, our portfolio of operating projects spans Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Utah.

Whether it is hydro, wind, solar, biomass or even technologies yet to be invented, at sPower, wherever we look, we see sustainable energy opportunities.

5.) NextEra Energy Resources (FKA FPL Energy) — Projects: 67 | Capacity (MW): 4,352.62

In the competitive energy business, NextEra Energy Resources stands for clean energy. They have invested – and will continue to invest – in a clean-energy tomorrow for future generations. NextEra expertise is in wholesale & retail electricity, project development & construction, as well as in offering customers the energy products & services they need. The parent company, NextEra Energy, Inc., is a leading clean-energy company with 2017 revenues of more than $17 billion and more than 14,000 employees in 27 states and Canada.

6.) EcoPlexus, Inc. — Projects: 146 | Capacity (MW): 4,184.11

Ecoplexus is a leader in the development, design, engineering, construction, and financing of solar power systems for the commercial, municipal, non-profit and utility markets in the US and key International markets. EcoPlexus’s energy services capabilities, strong analytical and project finance expertise are the foundation from which they have successfully developed, built and financed many solar energy facilities in a short period of time. Ecoplexus focuses on distributed generation projects in the 500KW to 5MW range.

7.) SunPower — Projects: 234 | Capacity (MW): 3,356.02

Founded in 1985, SunPower Corp. (Nasdaq: SPWRA, SPWRB) designs, manufactures and delivers the planet’s most powerful solar technologies broadly available today. Residential, business, government and utility customers rely on the company’s experience and proven results to maximize return on investment. SunPower’s headquarters is in San Jose, Calif., with offices in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

8.) Recurrent Energy — Projects: 73 | Capacity (MW): 3,200.44

Recurrent Energy, a leading solar project developer, is redefining what it means to be a mainstream clean energy company with a fleet of utility-scale solar plants that provide competitive clean electricity. Their mission is to transform the world’s sustainably to meet its energy needs with clean electricity.

With a 2 gigawatt (GW) project pipeline and more than 700 megawatts (MW) of signed contracts spanning the U.S. and Canada, Recurrent Energy holds one of the largest solar development portfolios in North America. Their development strategy is to build a balanced portfolio of utility-scale solar projects ranging in size from 20- 500 MW.

Technology expertise, supply chain capabilities, and access to capital enable Recurrent Energy to deliver solar generating plants at any scale with market-leading cost and efficiency.

9.) Innovative Solar Systems LLC — Projects: 89 | Capacity (MW): 2,398.02

Innovative Solar Systems is solving the worlds energy problems by installing state of the art renewable energy solar PV systems of all types and sizes. They understand solar and offer competitive more turnkey services. If you are searching for totally engineered and installed commercial solar systems in the 500KW to 500MW range then you may want to consider Innovative Solar Systems.

With more than 30 years of industry experience, the Innovative Solar System’s team takes the guesswork out of solar and offers turnkey solutions for commercial solar systems including design, engineering, site procurement, site evaluation, construction, installation, maintenance, support, financing, tax credits and negotiation and contracts for your renewable energy credits (Rec’s) to receive the highest payback and income stream.

10.) Westside Holdings — Projects: 1 | Capacity (MW): 2,150.00

Westside Holdings is a team of experienced executives with successful track records in strategic business consulting & planning, including business, financial, operations, marketing, communications, governmental, consumer and public policy impacting expertise. As a result, their experience and success in brand and business building in the corporate arena, the Westside Holding’s team is passionate about sharing their “purpose-driven / cause-related” business ethos with a select number of similarly situated partners and clients.


Source: Energy Acuity


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