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

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News24 16 May 2022
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China, Africa continue to expand clean energy cooperation

People Daily 13 May 2022
Chinese constructors have built a 50MW solar power farm in Garissa, Kenya, the largest of its kind in East Africa ... The De Aar wind farm in Northern Cape, South Africa, which went into operation in 2017, is the first wind power project in Africa that was invested, constructed and operated by China....

Mining Indaba: America touts green energy as key to bridging Africa’s growth gap

Mining Dot Com 13 May 2022
Southern Africa’s most extensive solar power-generation program will power millions of homes and generate thousands of jobs while preventing an estimated 3.5 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. Power Africa has been ramping up activity....

Envoy bids Botswana farewell

Mmegi Online 13 May 2022
In 2020, at Botho University, I launched a pilot of the Power Africa Rooftop Solar project. It enables Batswana to produce their own solar electricity and sell any excess back to the Botswana Power Corporation....

Seychelles takes next step in renewable energy future with solar industry training programme |11 May 2022

Nation 11 May 2022
The initiative will be delivered by Gridworks, the United Kingdom (UK) government’s investor in Africa’s electricity training programme and solar industry experts from one of Gridworks’ portfolio companies, the Pan-African solar energy business, Sustainable Power Solutions (SPS)....

Coal mines having to make do in a hostile financing environment

Independent online (SA) 11 May 2022
Meanwhile, Gold Fields South Africa executive vice president Martin Preece said they aimed to be a net zero carbon emitted by 2050 and the group was the first mining group to establish solar operations in South Africa ... He said their solar power operations were currently producing power at only 8.5 percent of the price of power from the grid....

Pan African switches on 10-MW solar array at S African mine

Renewables Now 10 May 2022
African-focused gold producer Pan African Resources Plc (LON.PAF) has powered up a 10-MW photovoltaic (PV) plant at Evander Gold Mines in South Africa, it said today. The solar park is expected to supply 30% of the power needs of the company’s Elikhulu surface retreatment operations, “materially” lowering electricity costs....

Gold Fields’ South Deep generating own solar at 8.5% of cost of Eskom grid power

Mining Weekly 10 May 2022
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MICHAEL FOUNDETHAKIS: Higher commodity prices good news for Africa, but bars remain

Business Day 09 May 2022
Geopolitical challenges in 2022 have led to a number of countries turning to Africa to fulfil their requirements, amid increased demand for commodities ... At the EU-AU summit in February European Commission chair Ursula von der Leyden said Africa was rich in hydro, solar and wind power, and that to end climate change the world needed Africa....

177 Dewa employees contributed 46,560 voluntary hours to Expo 2020 Dubai

Gulf News 07 May 2022
The Dewa Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai displayed its key projects and initiatives, including the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world; the Green Hydrogen project, the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa to ......

Decarbonization is now a defense policy objective

Taipei Times 07 May 2022
The bank has also helped forge the Just Energy Transition Partnership with South Africa; provided backing for the India-based International Solar Alliance, which supports solar power development across 105 tropical countries; and signed on to an integrated water management and flood prevention scheme in Argentina....

SAPVIA appoints Rethabile Melamu as its new CEO

Independent online (SA) 06 May 2022
SAPVIA describes itself as a member-led organisation formed with the express purpose of growing the solar PV sector’s role in powering South Africa’s future ... “As we celebrate a decade of solar in South Africa, it is fitting that we have at the helm of the Association a driven, experienced and powerful advocate for renewable energy....

wpd to Sell Offshore Wind Business to Global Infrastructure Partners

The Eastern Herald 06 May 2022
... announces agreement to acquire a 25% interest in Scotia Gas Networks from OMERS Mainstream Renewable Power projects to deliver 1.27 GW of new wind and solar for South Africa Shell joint venture Atlantic Shores wins acreage in New York Bight, expanding offshore wind market share....

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