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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Mining Weekly 22 Sep 2021
This week. Solar power set to reduce Pan African’s reliance on Eskom by 30%; South Africa’s junior mining dearth result of unintended consequence; And, Bush clearing, shaft rehab under way at West Wits gold revival project ... ....

Hip-Hop and the Future of Sustainability

The Source 19 Sep 2021
In 2014, the artist founded the Akon Lighting Africa foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to help combat the lack of electricity for over 600 million people throughout Africa using “an innovative solar-powered solution that will provide African villages with access to a clean ......

Legal challenges mount over SA’s 2 000MW Risk Mitigation IPP Procurement Programme

Independent online (SA) 17 Sep 2021
SOUTH Africa’s bid to boost its electricity supply in the short-term through renewable ... Suntech Solar Power South Africa earlier this month went to court to challenge the dtic’s decision to retrospectively grant exemptions to rival bidders for designated local content requirements....

Nigeria: Introduction of Electric Cars Into Nigeria's Markets 'Ll Boost Revenue Drive - Investor

All Africa 17 Sep 2021
Dr Oluleye Adigun, a US-based Nigerian, says he will soon introduce electric and solar-powered cars into the Nigeria and Africa markets to boost revenue drive and create job opportunities for youths .......

Akoin Arrives in the US, Raising Interest Among Investors

Coin Idol 16 Sep 2021
One Africa, one currency ... Most notably, he initiated the Lighting Africa Project, which, according to its website, benefited more than 32 million Africans through off-grid solar power connections, while several others benefited from market and financial management support....

Legal dispute over South African content rules in 2 GW tech-neutral tender

PV Magazine 15 Sep 2021
Competing supplier Suntech Solar Power South Africa also filed a lawsuit, in which it describes the exemptions as “unlawful.” ... He also said that a sustainable local solar PV manufacturing industry in South Africa will require consistent local demand to compete on cost and quality with larger international manufacturers....

$7 Billion Sustainable Power Plan For South Africa

Construction Review Online 14 Sep 2021
... billion sustainable power plan focusing on solar energy and wind ranches....

The world’s first large scale hybrid hydro-floating solar power plant

PV Magazine 13 Sep 2021
The Norwegian government has decided to support, with NOK79 million ($9.1 million), a research project led by Norway-based renewable energy developer Scatec and aimed at developing a large scale, hybrid hydro and floating solar power plant at an undisclosed location in West Africa ... SN Power has 2.5 GW of hydro assets in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa....

Progressive capital partnerships will plug Nigeria’s infrastructure gap

Business Day Online 13 Sep 2021
Through Globeleq – Africa’s largest independent power producer which is 70 per cent owned by CDC – we are generating over 1,400MW of power, including thermal and solar from 13 power plants across Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Cameroon, and Cote d’Ivoire....

AfDB President commends Sahara Group’s commitment to promoting electricity access in Africa

Business Day Online 10 Sep 2021
... Power Plant and Ikeja Electric Plc ... The African Development Bank Group’s Desert to Power initiative, which is geared towards building the world’s largest solar zone in the Sahel of Africa, covers eleven countries including Nigeria ... “Together, we must Power and Light up Africa....

Technology for smallholder agriculture in Africa

Open Access Government 10 Sep 2021
... areas of Zimbabwe; community-based land and water management (across watersheds) in Sudan; ‘weather boards’ that combine agro-advisories with market information and flood early warning in coastal Bangladesh; and solar-powered irrigation in marginal rainfed areas of Africa....

Hello Tractor, ColdHubs win AYuTe Africa Challenge

Ghana News Agency 08 Sep 2021
Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, Founder and CEO of ColdHubs, a Nigerian business that provides solar-powered, walk-in coolers for smallholder vegetable farmers, and Jehiel Oliver, Founder and CEO of Hello Tractor, a Kenyan company that has become known across Africa as the “Uber of tractors,” were selected on Wednesday as the winners of the challenge....