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


Greece, Egypt sign MoU to link their power grids

PV Magazine 15 Oct 2021
The power link, if built, could provide a route for African solar energy to reach European markets ... Both electricity interconnections could provide the European Union block with access to solar power generated in the sunny regions of the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA)....

India most cost-effective globally in rooftop solar power: Report

Live Mint 15 Oct 2021
Rooftop solar photovoltaics account for 40 per cent of the global solar photovoltaics installed capacity and one-fourth of the total renewable capacity additions ... This means that from powering the Nasa's Vanguard satellites in 1958 to lighting homes in the sub-Saharan Africa, solar photovoltaics technology has come a long way....

Business charts roadmap to South Africa’s energy Just Transition

Independent online (SA) 15 Oct 2021
South African business is throwing its weight behind the transitioning power generation from fossil fuel reliance to net-zero emissions requiring the deployment of 150GW wind and solar capacity by 2050. This is almost four times the total capacity of South Africa’s coal power ......

China’s interest in the Middle East: from barrels to bytes

Asiatimes 15 Oct 2021
Huawei also plans to build the largest solar-powered Uptime Tier III-certified data center in the Middle East and Africa at the United Arab EmiratesMohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park and is working with the Abu Dhabi City Municipality (ADM) to construct a Municipal Disaster Recovery Data Center....

State firms, investment companies play key roles in meeting green goals

China Daily 15 Oct 2021
He said the company has been beefing up efforts in exploring overseas projects that are related to clean energy like wind power ... The Beijing-based company has also offered 300,000 sets of small solar power systems for over 1.5 million people from poor areas in Asia and Africa as part of a program by the World Bank to light up impoverished areas....

Plan for 5G corridors on highways

Ekathimerini 12 Oct 2021
... should also consider cable diplomacy” with the EuroAsia interconnector between the Greek, Cypriot and Israeli power grids, and another project connecting North Africa’s wealth of solar power through Egypt with Greece and mainland Europe....

Dubai Future Foundation new report stresses importance of increasing use of hydrogen in vital sectors

Urdu Point 12 Oct 2021
The Green Hydrogen project, which has been implemented in collaboration between DEWA, Expo 2020 Dubai and Siemens Energy at DEWA’s R&D Centre in the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, is the first facility in the middle East and North Africa to produce hydrogen using solar power....

A Fundamental Millstone: Climate Policy and the Energy Crunch

National Review 10 Oct 2021
A few minor announcements about more spending on solar power or less money for coal in Africa are a small price to pay for the West’s relative silence on human rights in Hong Kong, the release of the Huawei finance director in Canada and some easing of tariffs and sanctions....

South Africa’s high court rejects legal action over content rules in 2 GW tech-neutral tender

PV Magazine 08 Oct 2021
In its lawsuit, Suntech Solar Power South Africa described the exemptions granted to the two companies as “unlawful,” adding that they excluded all other module suppliers from competitively participating in the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP)....

South Africa’s Sasol Firm Plans For Large Hydrogen Plant

Construction Review Online 08 Oct 2021
Also Read.�Solar firm to power hydrogen production at Mogalakwena PlatinumMine, ......

Stakeholders at Seplat Energy summit speak to benefits of energy transition

Business Day Online 07 Oct 2021
It has Africa’s largest oil and gas reserves as well as significant potential for solar, hydro-electric and wind power ... scheme to promote distributed solar; and South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan, have established investor confidence, leading to increased developments....

What Happened to Akon’s City Developments

FX Empire 07 Oct 2021
At the 2018 Cannes Lion Festival, Akon stated that his cryptocurrency, Akoin, would bring freedom back to Africa ... Akon solution in Africa ... Since its launch in 2014, the project has brought solar power to more than 18 countries across Africa ... Full coverage would include Hospitals, malls, residences, schools, police stations and a solar power plant....

Green manufacturing is Africa’s chance to reimagine road to growth

Business Day 06 Oct 2021
... in certain processes and investments in renewable power — mainly hydrogen, solar and wind ... In Africa, where there is an abundance of natural resources including solar and wind power, minerals and agricultural land, the conditions are favourable to support new green growth....