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


President of Togo awards 'Order of Mono' to Hussain Al Nowais

Urdu Point 24 Jun 2021
AMEA Power developed the Mohamed bin Zayed Solar Power Complex in Togo, the largest renewable energy project in West Africa, which covers an area of 92 hectares ... the West Africa Development Bank....

President of Togo awards ''Order of Mono'' to Hussain Al Nowais

MENA FN 24 Jun 2021
AMEA Power developed the Mohamed bin Zayed Solar Power Complex in Togo, the largest renewable energy project in West Africa, which covers an area of 92 hectares ... and the West Africa Development Bank....

Togo renewables regime praised as 50 MW solar plant begins generating

PV Magazine 23 Jun 2021
With numerous investors and clean energy developers having stressed how more renewables-friendly regulations could unlock Africa's clean power potential, the developer of Togo‘s first private utility scale solar park has praised the policies brought in by the government ... The tariff to be paid for the solar power generated was not specified....

AMEA Power launches 50MW solar power plant in Togo

Algeria Times 23 Jun 2021
AMEA Power, a subsidiary of UAE-based Al Nowais Investments (ANI), has announced the official commissioning of its 50MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Blitta, Togo, marking the country's first utility-scale renewable energy project developed by an Independent Power Producer (IPP), and one of the largest solar PV IPP plants in West Africa....

WATCH: It's a wrap of season 1 of 'Dankie, Lottoland'

Independent online (SA) 22 Jun 2021
Lottoland South Africa not only provided the beds and bedlinen the organisation needed, but also sponsored a solar power system and a study bursary for a staff member ... As we know, hunger is a major issue in South Africa and organisations like the Verneukpan Sopkombuis have their hands full, feeding its community five days a week....

Premier Energies starts production at new Indian solar factory

PV Magazine 21 Jun 2021
The solar manufacturer has started trial production of high-efficiency solar cells at its new site in the southern state of Telangana ... Premier Energies is one of India’s leading solar cell and module manufacturers and says it provides end-to-end solar power solutions to organizations in more than 30 countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia....

CDC commits $50m for renewable power project in South Africa

Algeria Times 20 Jun 2021
CDC Group, UK’s development finance institution (DFI) and impact investor, announced a $50 million project finance direct debt investment to ACWA Power’s Redstone Concentrated Solar Power Project (Redstone) in South Africa ... and affordable clean power to South Africa....

Offer young people a business education to tackle inequality, says entrepreneur

Belfast Telegraph 20 Jun 2021
For every watch sold, Vitae London supports a child in Sub-Saharan Africa through education – providing them with two sets of school uniforms and shoes for a year or a solar-powered lamp so they have a light source with which to study ... “We’ve now distributed over 5000 solar lamps to children in need and over 3000 school uniforms....

Middle East and Africa Solar technology tenders activity remain flat in May 2021

Power Technology 18 Jun 2021
Middle East and Africa solar technology tenders in May 2021 saw 23 tenders announced, marking a flat growth over the last 12-month average of 23, according to GlobalData’s power industry tenders database ... Kenya tops Middle East and Africa solar power tenders activity ... Middle East and Africa solar technology tenders in May 2021....

Weekly renewables M&A round-up (June 14-18)

Renewables Now 18 Jun 2021
EDP Energias do Brasil SA (BVMF.ENBR3) announced it has concluded the purchase of a roughly 34-MWp solar distributed generation (DG) platform from power producer AES Tiete Energia SA ... -- Ncondezi, Nesa plan to launch solar, storage JV in southern Africa. African power development ......

Green megalomania renews $80 bln Congo hydro dream

Reuters 18 Jun 2021
The original idea of transporting power via cables to South Africa and elsewhere on the continent is also inefficient ... First, taking energy from Africa, which lacks sufficient electricity, reeks of neo-colonialism ... And within Africa, wind and solar power is quicker and cheaper to build....

Enlit Africa explores hydrogen and LPG as alternative energy sources as net-zero deadlines approach

Business Ghana 14 Jun 2021
Africa has a vast amount of sunlight and open spaces, which is available for solar, capturing solar energy, and, of course, quite a lot of wind as well,” said Ian Fraser, co-founder and chairman of the African Hydrogen Partnership ... Accelerating South Africa’s energy transition with gas power and renewables....

DPA offers Huawei Smart Energy Fusion to customers

Telecom Paper 14 Jun 2021
Distributed Power Africa (DPA), an Econet Global company, has partnered with Huawei ......

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