Solar power

Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics (PV), or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP). Concentrated solar power systems use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam. Photovoltaics convert light into an electric current using the photovoltaic effect.

The International Energy Agency projected in 2014 that under its "high renewables" scenario, by 2050, solar photovoltaics and concentrated solar power would contribute about 16 and 11 percent, respectively, of the worldwide electricity consumption, and solar would be the world's largest source of electricity. Most solar installations would be in China and India.

Photovoltaics were initially solely used as a source of electricity for small and medium-sized applications, from the calculator powered by a single solar cell to remote homes powered by an off-grid rooftop PV system. As the cost of solar electricity has fallen, the number of grid-connected solar PV systems has grown into the millions and utility-scale solar power stations with hundreds of megawatts are being built. Solar PV is rapidly becoming an inexpensive, low-carbon technology to harness renewable energy from the Sun.

Latest News for: Africa solar power


GMOs and climate change: How 21st-century colonialists offload their burdens to Africa

Russia Today 02 Mar 2024
Africa is not energy sufficient, having not invested in solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric power, or the latest, lithium battery technology, due to its lack of capital and technical expertise, bad governance and external meddling ... The mainstay of Africa’s economies is a ......

EEX and EPIAS forge partnership to launch Turkish Emissions Trading System

Anadolu Agency 28 Feb 2024
Solar power investment set to overtake oil production spending for first time ... - Once operational in 2025, plants will supply around 850 gigawatts of green electricity per year 24.02.2023 Wind , Solar , Projects , Invesments , International Relations , Europe , Middle East-Africa ... Vodafone to power UK operations with local solar farm....

Air Liquide, Sasol sign PPAs to supply 110 MW of renewables in South Africa

PV Magazine 27 Feb 2024
Air Liquide and Sasol have signed new power purchase agreements (PPAs) with South Africa’s Enel Green Power RSA ... In November 2023, South Africa’s Mainstream Renewable Power said that it had launched construction of a 97.5 MW solar plant in the country’s Free State province....

Bridging gaps in the Integrated Resource Plan

Mail Guardian South Africa 23 Feb 2024
Given its complementary endowment of wind and solar power potential, South Africa remains among the world’s highest-ranked renewable energy investment destinations ... Vincent Obisie-Orlu is a researcher in the natural resource governance programme at Good Governance Africa....

Dealing with Load Shedding and Power Cuts in 2024

Independent online (SA) 20 Feb 2024
(https.// ... Already other Chinese companies like Sinohydro Corporation, China Yangtze Power, Xinjiang Goldwind Science Technology and JinkoSolar Holdings have some solar power projects in South Africa and gives them an edge in the country’s renewables sector....

Tronox Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Financial Results

Victoria Advocate 15 Feb 2024
Tronox is nearing the conversion of 40% of its power in South Africa to power from the significant solar project developed in partnership with SOLA Group. Enabled through a power purchase agreement with SOLA, this project is one of South Africa's largest solar installations....

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and White House National Security Communications Advisor John Kirby

The White House 12 Feb 2024
and G7 financing, the corridor will ultimately connect Africans from western Angola to Tanzania and the Indian Ocean through rural bridges, upgraded 4G and 5G digital connec- — connectivity, increases in solar power, investing in agribusiness and food security, and the biggest rail investment in Africa in U.S....