Chinese growth in solar PV dominates 2012 league table of EPCs.

REW: “First Solar completed over 500 megawatts (MW) of solar PV projects in 2012, nabbing the top spot among worldwide solar PV integrator/EPC firms (engineering, procurement and construction), according to IHS/IMS Research, which tracks more than 600 EPC firms and nearly 10,000 projects.” “Not surprisingly, increased solar energy adoption in Asia is manifesting in these EPC rankings. The firm’s 2011 findings showed a number of big gains by Chinese integrators. For 2012, Chinese firms took four of the top 10 spots and eight in the top 30. The Chinese market “continues to grow rapidly” with massive domestic demand for ground-mount projects — and its EPC segment, thanks in part to links to state-owned utilities, “remains largely impenetrable to foreign firms,” noted Ash Sharma, senior director of solar research at IHS. ….Overall, most solar PV EPC firms are still in Europe (and particularly Germany), representing eleven of the top 30 EPCs and installing a collective 2 GW of new capacity in 2012.”