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


How solar tech could help distribute Covid-19 vaccines in Africa

CNN 15 Jan 2021
This is where solar energy comes in, says Hugh Whalan, CEO of PEG Africa, a company that offers pay-as-you-go solar-powered products to people in West Africa. In preparation for a Covid-19 vaccination drive, the company -- with funding from Power Africa, a network of private and ......

Finnfund and Norfund increase Starsight facility to $20m

Business Day Online 14 Jan 2021
Starsight, a leading commercial and industrial solar power provider in West Africa, announced on Wednesday that Finnfund and Norfund have increased their senior debt facility from $10 million to $20 million ... hybrid- solar solutions to new commercial and industrial customers....

Daystar Power secures $38 million Series B investment led by IFU

Business Day Online 13 Jan 2021
Daystar Power, a leading provider of hybrid solar power solutions to businesses in West Africa, today announced a Series B investment of $38 million ... “We believe that Daystar Power has the right elements — the client base, technology, engineering expertise, and executive leadership — to scale off-grid solar across West Africa....

Africa’s renewable energy sector risks irrelevance without big investment

Business Day 12 Jan 2021
Renewable energy is expected to account for less than 10% of Africa's electricity generation by 2030, showing huge investment is needed to unlock the continent’s wind and solar power potential, researchers said on Monday ... and wind energy, make up just 3% of Africa’s power supply....

Climate change: Africa's green energy transition 'unlikely' this decade

BBC News 11 Jan 2021
But the authors say that less than 10% of the new power generated will come from wind or solar ... The importance of size is seen in the experience of solar power in South Africa, ... South Africa is predicted to add almost 40% of Africa's total predicted new solar capacity by 2030 ... "The US is heavily investing in natural gas plants in Africa....

Fossil fuels will dominate in Africa without ‘shock’ renewables push

Business Day 11 Jan 2021
Up to 2020, the UK is home to more solar power capacity than the entire sun-baked continent of Africa ... The academics behind the study from the University of Oxford analysed nearly 3,000 past power projects across Africa that were both successfully built and that never made it....

Covid-19: Zola Electric donates solar systems to primary health care centres

Business Day Online 11 Jan 2021
The donations include its flagship product, ZOLA Infinity – the first lithium-ion battery-based hybrid power system in Africa, explicitly designed to incorporate solar electricity generation, energy storage, and power from the grid to deliver reliable 24-hour anywhere....

How ArbiLex uses AI to predict the odds of legal cases

Business Journal 06 Jan 2021
... cut her out of the profit share in a solar power venture they started together in South Africa....

Op-Ed - China-Africa cooperation prospers against Covid-19 | 06 January 2021

Nation 06 Jan 2021
Over the past 20 years, China has helped to build more than 80 big power facilities for Africa, most of which are hydro, wind or solar power plants, greatly easing African countriespower shortage ... solar power plant of Kenya, the largest photovoltaic power station in East Africa....

ITRAMAS targets 60 pct revenue from solar segment

Malaysian National News Agency 03 Jan 2021
“With the three solar photovoltaic power plants concurrently in Melaka, Terengganu and Kedah now ... “We are also actively rolling out smartphones, smart lightings which eventually are part of 5G infrastructure, connected lighting and solar power street lighting....

Middle East, North Africa take strides in energy

China Daily 31 Dec 2020
In a report titled MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Power Investment Outlook 2020-2024, the institution said Saudi Arabia and Morocco have already taken measurable steps to bolster their position as low-cost exporters of blue and green hydrogen ... facility in the MBR Solar Park....

Singer Akon Plans $6 Billion Futuristic City In Senegal

Inside Bitcoins 27 Dec 2020
Empowering youths in Africa ... He has been very active in other projects and has now become a tech entrepreneur in Africa. He started with a solar power company before buying a diamond mine in South Africa ... Akon said he’s not going to stop just with this smart city, as there is a plan to build similar smart cities in other parts of Africa ... .......

Accelerating decarbonisation and digitisation can build upon UAE's game-changing reforms

The National 27 Dec 2020
Read More ... The UAE has world-class core infrastructure in transport and logistics, power and telecoms. These assets can serve infrastructure-poor countries in the region, East and Central Africa, India, Pakistan and Central Asia. Electricity from solar power can be exported through cross-country, integrated grids....