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


Canadian Solar Signs 256 MW Module Supply Contract for the First Two Largest Solar Projects ...

The Galveston Daily News 05 Dec 2022
The 256 MWs will supply the first two largest utility-scale solar power projects in South Africa, which are based on private power purchase agreements (PPAs) ... Dom Wills, CEO of SOLA Group commented, "These are the first solar projects of this scale in South Africa that are based on private power purchase agreements....

Coal miner Seriti closes 4GW renewables deal

Business Day 01 Dec 2022
... a R892m deal to acquire a majority stake in Windlab Africa’s portfolio of 4GW wind and solar power assets....

Saudi Arabia's PIF launches new mega solar power project

Gulf Daily News 30 Nov 2022
RIYADH — Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) announced on Wednesday the launch of the largest solar power plant in the Middle East and North Africa at Al-Shuaibah in Makkah region as part of its renewable energy programme ... Shuaibah 2 is ACWA Power’s sixth solar energy facility in Saudi Arabia....

South Africa turns to solar to help stop power cuts

Yahoo Daily News 29 Nov 2022
Nolwazi Zulu, an electrical power engineer, wants to do her bit to stop South Africa experiencing blackouts ... This has been caused by South Africa's aging, state-owned power grid, and its mainly coal-fuelled power stations, struggling to keep up with demand ... Currently only 11% of South Africa's power comes from renewables, and mostly wind....

Africa Requires $190bn Annual Investments to Achieve Energy Goals, Says Egbin Power Boss

This Day 28 Nov 2022
Sahara Power Group has projected that Africa would require about $190 billion worth of investments annually between 2026 and 2030 to meet its energy and climate goals and boost socio-economic prosperity of the continent ... According to Sobogun, solar, wind and hydro power generation are the most viable renewable energy solutions in Africa....

Feature: Chinese-sponsored solar-powered boreholes tackling water stress in Kenya's arid lands

People Daily 28 Nov 2022
... solar-powered borehole project in May this year ... Li, who had just landed from Egypt where she attended the UN climate conference, said harnessing solar power to pump water from boreholes is helping tackle the growing scarcity of the resource in Africa's climate hotspots....

Sobogun: Africa Requires $190bn Annual Investments to Achieve Energy Goals

This Day 27 Nov 2022
According to Sobogun, solar, wind and hydro power generation are the most viable renewable energy solutions in Africa, adding that Nigeria’s photovoltaic power potential made solar energy very feasible for both investors and consumers. “Sahara Power is currently ......

IRENA releases all-Africa dataset of locations for solar, wind

PV Magazine 24 Nov 2022
The dataset offers 10,905 MSRs for solar PV across Africa with an estimated total capacity of 4.9 TW ... IRENA presented the dataset in “An all-Africa dataset of energy model ‘supply regions' for solar photovoltaic and wind power,” which was recently published in Scientific Data....

Kenya Power reports outages in parts of the country

Independent online (SA) 24 Nov 2022
Nairobi – Kenya Power, the country’s sole electricity distributor, reported power outages across parts of the nation on Thursday ... “We have immense potential for renewable energy, and this abundance of wind and solar energy can power the development of Africa,” Ruto wrote in a Guardian opinion piece....

No electricity? No problem, how to use the headache of load shedding to make extra money

Independent online (SA) 23 Nov 2022
Load shedding started in 2007 in South Africa. With more than 15 years in the country, blackouts have slowly become the norm, with power going out at the drop of a hat ... Offer solar power banks for sale ... As a result, solar power banks can be extremely useful and price-savvy for those who rely heavily on electronics in their daily lives....

ANDILE SKOSANA: Africa’s hopes and prospects depend on infrastructure investment

Business Day 23 Nov 2022
Africa is often lauded for its demographic growth potential ... Without power it is impossible to make anything, and this has been Africa’s biggest and most persistent infrastructure challenge ... Wind, hydro, geothermal and hydrogen — all could power Africa into the future, offering investors both attractive returns and green credentials....

Yainkain, from Sierra Leone, among shortlist of African entrepreneurs

The Patriotic Vanguard 23 Nov 2022
... network, which includes innovators who have achieved significant commercial success and social impact across the continent following their participation in the Prize, such as 2022 winner Norah Magero, and her portable solar-powered fridge solution for transporting medicines....

Library containing English and Hindi books inaugurated; revival of Gandhi’s Tolstoy Farm continues

The Times of India 23 Nov 2022
The Consul General of India in Johannesburg, Anju Ranjan, the keynote speaker at the event, was lauded for her role in mobilising funds from Indian expatriate companies in South Africa to support the establishment of a borehole, generator, solar-powered security lighting and toilets on the Tolstoy Farm....

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