Belectric tops global PV system integrator rankings

However, IMS says that while the German company increased the amount of systems it developed by three-fold, it still only managed to capture a 2.4 percent share of the non-residential PV market, which is estimated at 13.2 gigawatts.

Overall, two of the top five system integrators – Belectric and juwi – are German. They have taken spots one and two respectively, while U.S.-based SunPower Corporation was ranked third. French company EDF Energies Nouvelles took the fourth spot and SunEdison, another U.S. company, was ranked fifth. Click here to see the top 15 system integrators.

Fragmented

Ash Sharma, IMS PV research director states that the overall market is very fragmented, with the top 30 suppliers holding a 22.1 percent aggregate share. This is down two percentage points on the previous year.

Overall, the research company says that 13 of the top 30 system integrators – in total around 500 system integrators, and engineering, procurement and construction contractors (EPCs) were surveyed – are German. In a statement, IMS says: "(…) despite the fact that newly added annual German PV capacity is expected to decline in the coming years, it is clear that these companies will remain prominent."

Sharma adds: "German system integrators have become increasingly active in foreign markets, whilst maintaining a domestic stranglehold. They accounted for 19 of the top 20 rankings in Germany last year."

However, Q-Cells, which was placed first in its rankings in 2009, dropped to sixth place. This was due to its "close to zero" MW growth last year.

IMS goes on to say that U.S.-based system integrators are gaining ground rapidly. It explains that SunPower and SunEdison, were the biggest integrators in 2010 in Italy. It also expects the U.S. non-residential market to become "flooded" by EPCs. "We’ve already identified close to 150 active U.S.-based system integrators, plus many more European and Asian companies that are entering this promising market," says Sharma.