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First Solar was largest PV EPC contractor in 2013

But Chinese firm to overtake it in global rankings in 2014, says IHS.

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Panel installation at Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park.
Panel installation at Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park.

First Solar became the world’s leading Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor for solar PV projects in 2013.

It will, however, be overtaken by China’s TBEA SunOasis in 2014, according to a report from IHS Technology.

First Solar installed a total of 1.1 GW of solar capacity in 2013, up from 516 MW the year before. The 2013 total presumably includes the 13 MW pilot phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park in Dubai.

Second placed TBEA SunOasis installed 1.0 GW, up from 250 MW the year before.

For 2014, SunOasis is projected to install 1.5 GW of capacity compared with First Solar’s 1.3 GW.

The findings are contained in the report, 'IHS PV EPC and Project Market Tracker,' from the Power & Energy service of IHS.

“After a strong year of installing 22% of the non-residential PV capacity in the U.S. and Canada, First Solar remains focused on North America,” said Josefin Berg, senior analyst for solar demand at IHS.

“Large-scale projects in the U.S. will make up around 93% of the 1.3 GW worth of additions in 2014.”

TBEA SunOasis is thriving on China’s rapidly growing domestic market, and its installations of 1.0 GW in 2013 accounted for 10% of that country’s non-residential PV additions.

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