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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Op-Ed: The fallacies of the Bitcoin energy debate

Cryptoslate 19 Jan 2022
Chief among the myriad of outlandish accusations laid at the feet of Bitcoin is the idea that the energy consumption from its network power computation is accelerating climate change and destroying the planet ... The World Bank estimates that about 142 billion cubic meters are flared annually – an amount enough to power the entire sub-Saharan Africa....
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Trina Solar showcases 690W+ i-TOPCon module at WFES

Gulf Daily News 18 Jan 2022
Trina Solar, a leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, showcased its 2022 product line up and revealed its latest i-TOPCon module with power of 690W+ at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES).  ... Antonio Jimenez, Managing Director and Vice President, Middle East & Africa, Trina Solar commented....
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Engie bags solar Eaas contract with Orange in Cote d'Ivoire

Renewables Now 18 Jan 2022
The solar power system will be capable of covering close to 60% of the facility’s daytime consumption, Orange said....
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Orange ties up with Engie to convert main data centre in Africa to solar power

Telecom Paper 17 Jan 2022
... data centre in Africa, to solar power, helping to cut the carbon footprint in Cote d'Ivoire....
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Akufo-Addo's hydro-solar system is the lasting solution to dumsor - Ofoe Teye

Ghana Web 15 Jan 2022
The Tema East Constituency Chairman for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nene Agbadiabga Ofoe-Teye, is celebrating President Akufo-Addo over the commissioning of West Africa’s first and largest hydro-solar power generation system in Ghana ... power generating system at Bui....
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Phase one of largest hydro-solar system in West Africa completed - Akufo-Addo

Ghana Web 13 Jan 2022
West Africa gets maiden hydro-solar system. Bui Power constructs phase one of hydro-solar system ... in West Africa ... The construction of the hydro-solar system was undertaken by the Bui Power Authority....
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Kenya Power in the spotlight after nationwide blackout

BBC News 13 Jan 2022
A growing shift towards solar power systems by industries seeking reliable and cheaper supply has also rattled Kenya Power ... Big >power consumers such as Africa Logistics Properties (ALP), Mombasa International Airport, the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (Icipe) have recently commissioned solar power units on their properties....
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Internet blimps are coming to Zanzibar. But can a UK company succeed where Google failed?

CNN 12 Jan 2022
Two solar-powered, helium-filled balloons will float 300 meters (984 feet) above land and have a broadcast range of around 70 kilometers (44 miles) apiece, using 3G and 4G frequencies to deliver their signal ... Why Africa is sending more satellites into space ... Africa's biggest supermarket chain is betting on solar power....
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WPUR Plans Sustainable Power Solution For Cryptocurrency And Web3 Future

Killeen Daily Herald 10 Jan 2022
The solar farm project is part of an initiative to make the future of cryptocurrency and web3 sustainable by tapping into the underutilized labor markets in Africa for mining with power provided by WPUR's solar farm(s). Currently, Africa is not included on the list of the 15 largest solar farms in the world.� WPUR plans to change that....
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Bui Power completes construction of 1MWp Floating Solar PV System

Ghana Web 07 Jan 2022
A floating solar power plant is an innovative approach of using photovoltaic modules on water ... The Bui Power Authority has completed constructing an initial 1MWp of a proposed 5MWp Floating Solar PV System on the Bui reservoir, making it the first of its kind in West Africa....
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Bui Power completes construction of initial 1MWp of proposed 5MWp Floating Solar PV System

Ghana Web 07 Jan 2022
A floating solar power plant is an innovative approach of using photovoltaic modules on water ... The Bui Power Authority has completed constructing an initial 1MWp of a proposed 5MWp Floating Solar PV System on the Bui reservoir, making it the first of its kind in West Africa....
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We will continue to focus on critical areas of needs for effective teaching and research ...

Business Day Online 07 Jan 2022
... World Bank funded Center for Innovation in Procurement as well as Environmental and Social Standard and completion of the 3.5mw solar Hybrid power plant, adjudged as the highest singular solar power plant in West Africa sub-region to ensure uninterrupted power supply on campus....
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Ohio college students team up to give thousands access to clean drinking water

WCPO 06 Jan 2022
CINCINNATI — Some Ohio college students are getting together to help end the global water crisis by building water wells in Africa ... modern wells in Africa ... “Every thousand bottles builds a well and we built the first-ever modern solar-powered well for a remote village in Uganda.”....
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