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.

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South Africa's Tiger Brands to roll out solar power at manufacturing sites

Reuters 17 Aug 2022
JOHANNESBURG, Aug 17 (Reuters) - South Africa's Tiger Brands (TBSJ.J) will soon roll out solar power at its manufacturing sites, kicking off a multi-million rand investment into sustainable energy, the country's biggest food producer said on Wednesday ... Onsite solar power ......
photo: AP / Evan Vucci
President Donald Trump speaks during a luncheon with African leaders at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in New York.

Green revolution opens door to US reset of ties with Africa

Asiatimes 17 Aug 2022
With the caps removed, a green-energy gold rush is taking place because South Africa’s climate is perfect for wind and solar energy ... When these companies make their first investments in the energy transition, they will follow in the footsteps of Amazon, which opened a solar farm early this year to power its growing operations in South Africa....

Eskom coal supplier Seriti to develop 3GW of renewables by 2030

Business Day 15 Aug 2022
... said on Monday it had struck a R892m deal to acquire a majority stake in Windlab Africa’s wind and solar power assets....

Windlab purchase adds solar and wind power to coal miner Seriti

Business Day 15 Aug 2022
... on Monday that it had struck a R892m deal to acquire a majority stake in Windlab Africa’s wind and solar power assets....

Eskom coal supplier Seriti buys majority stake in Windlab Africa

Business Day 15 Aug 2022
... had reached an R892m deal to acquire a majority stake in Windlab Africa’s wind and solar-powered assets....

Equilibrium/Sustainability — Going off-grid

The Hill 15 Aug 2022
South Africa’s wealthy are quietly turning to solar power to avoid blackouts plaguing the coal-dependent country’s ailing grid. Private installations of rooftop photovoltaic panels by those with money will bring online as much solar power generation in five months than the government has managed to stand up in a decade, according to Reuters....

The promise of personalized medicine is not for everyone

Yahoo Daily News 14 Aug 2022
African-Americans are underrepresented in large-scale genetic and neuroscience studies. Wadi Lissa/Unsplash ... In principle, “personalized” is not meant to mean one person but not another, though that may not turn out to be the case ... Case in point ... Expanded access to solar power in Africa can stimulate economic development – but there are risks. Daniel R....

Scammers don't cheat because they need the money — they cheat because they're cheaters

Yahoo Daily News 14 Aug 2022
Cheating in games may have more to do with personality than with economic necessity, a new study finds. Shutterstock. Why do people cheat? ... But the rich and powerful also cheat ... We wanted to understand the role money plays in financial frauds ... Daniel R ... Expanded access to solar power in Africa can stimulate economic development – but there are risks ... .......

The metaverse is money and crypto is king – why you'll be on a blockchain ...

Yahoo Daily News 14 Aug 2022
You may think the metaverse will be a bunch of interconnected virtual spaces – the world wide web but accessed through virtual reality ... the blockchain ... Web 3.0 will be the foundation for the metaverse ... Owning bits ... AP Photo/Lynne Sladky ... Daniel R ... Expanded access to solar power in Africa can stimulate economic development – but there are risks. Daniel R....

Avon River, UK’s vital water source, on verge of drying up: Anadolu Agency

Anadolu Agency 13 Aug 2022
-With net zero target by 2050, UAE has also significant potential for solar power 07.12.2021 Renewable , Hydro , Europe , Middle East-Africa ... , International Relations , News from companies , World , Türkiye , Europe , Eurasia , Americas , Middle East-Africa , General....

Visaka Industries to set up new plant in Midnapore with ₹120 cr

Business Line 10 Aug 2022
and will be powered by ATUM Solar Roof, the World’s First Integrated Solar Roof, another Visaka Industries Limited’s sustainable innovation with patents in India, USA, and South Africa ... Visaka Industries sets up 5 ATUM powered solar roofs ... which is powered by ATUM Solar Roof....

Nigeria to source $1.5bn loan to improve solar power

Business Day Online 05 Aug 2022
... to deliver solar power infrastructure in 10 different locations in the country....

There are reasons South Africa is one of the most desired countries to relocate

Mail Guardian South Africa 01 Aug 2022
It proudly named South Africa as one of the most desired countries to relocate to in the world ... Stories such as South Africa building one of the world’s biggest solar and battery power plants in the Northern Cape; or an inspiring initiative that decreases premiums based on community service hours from Hollard....

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