Individual solar companies now install >1 GW a year, pipeline hits 140 GW.

Recharge: “China’s TBEA SunOasis is set to overtake First Solar this year as the world’s largest solar EPC player, and Chinese companies will further dominate the list in the coming years as North America grows cold on mega-PV, claims market researcher IHS.”
“TBEA SunOasis was the world’s second largest solar EPC contractor last year, putting up 1GW – against number one First Solar’s 1.1GW, according to IHS.
Rounding out the top five were two more Chinese players – GD Solar and Shanghai Solar Energy, which installed 715MW and 550MW, respectively – and US-basedSunEdison, which installed 505MW.
….By contrast, TBEA SunOasis accounted for 10% of China’s non-residential PV additions last year.
But many analysts believe that the demand for mega-PV projects is fizzling out in North America, and will shift ever increasingly towards modestly sized ground-mount arrays and rooftops – a trend that was underscored by First Solar’s recent push towards the commercial and industrial rooftop segment.
….While both First Solar and SunEdison have had early successes diversifying beyond North America, they will increasingly find themselves competing against Chinese EPC rivals.
TBEA SunOasis, for example, is building a 100MW PV plant in Pakistan this year.
While Chinese players are beginning to encroach on turf previously held by US companies, they have already blown their European rivals out of the water.
EU-based solar EPCs that used to be regular features atop global lists are now nowhere to be seen, including German players like Belectric, Juwi and Enerparc.
At present there is just 600MW of PV under construction in Europe, compared to 4.9GW in North America, and 2.3GW in China, IHS says.”
REW World: The IHS Global PV Project Database, which consists of nearly 30,000 projects, shows that the global PV pipeline has now reached 140 GW, up 5 GW since February 2014. Of the 140 GW in the pipeline, 21 GW are either under construction or have signed power purchase agreements (PPA), with the remaining projects at various levels of planning. Of course, many of those project won’t be built, said Berg.  “Developers have to compete for PPAs, grid access, permits, and not least—financing.”