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

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What Africa needs to go green is finance

Mining Weekly 07 Feb 2023
With more than half of people in Sub-Saharan Africa living without electricity, expanding solar should be a no-brainer....
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KE, China’s Three Gorges to explore 1,000MW renewable energy projects

The News International 07 Feb 2023
For its solar plants, the KE has already submitted RFP (request for proposal) with Nepra for approval ... CTGSAIL has 2.6 gigawatts of generation assets in Pakistan worth over $6 billion and is actively undertaking investments in hydel, wind, solar and photovoltaic power projects across emerging markets in Asia, Middle East, and North Africa....
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KE, CTGSAIL ink MoU to explore 1 GW RE projects

Urdu Point 06 Feb 2023
CTGSAIL has 2.6 GW of generation assets in Pakistan worth over $ 6 billion and is actively undertaking investments in hydel, wind, solar, and PV power projects across emerging markets in Asia, Middle East and North Africa....
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Just energy transition good for South Africa but coal sector has to be involved

Mining Weekly 03 Feb 2023
But as wind and solar power were variable, other technologies were needed to cover this variability ... should a solar array at a renewable power station fail, no one would notice....
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Seriti to begin 155 MW wind farm construction

Independent online (SA) 03 Feb 2023
Privately owned Seriti, a major coal supplier to South Africa's state power utility Eskom, announced the acquisition of Windlab Africa's wind and solar energy assets last August, launching its foray into renewable energy....
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S.Africa coal miner Seriti to begin 155 MW wind farm construction

Reuters 02 Feb 2023
Seriti said it had signed a power purchase ... Privately owned Seriti, a major coal supplier to South Africa's state power utility Eskom, announced the acquisition of Windlab Africa's wind and solar energy assets last August, launching its foray into renewable energy....
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Work about to start on Mpumalanga’s first wind farm

Business Day 02 Feb 2023
It will be able to outperform neighbouring Eskom’s Tutuka power.  ... In December 2022 Seriti Resources, one of the largest suppliers of coal to Eskom, concluded a R892m deal to acquire a majority stake in Windlab Africa’s portfolio of 4GW wind and solar power assets through its subsidiary Seriti Green....
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Construction to start on Mpumalanga’s first wind farm

Business Day 02 Feb 2023
In December 2022 Seriti Resources, one of the largest suppliers of coal to Eskom, concluded a R892m deal to acquire a majority stake in Windlab Africa’s portfolio of 4GW wind and solar power assets through its subsidiary Seriti Green ... The first 155MW phase of the 900MW wind farm will supply about three quarters of Seriti’s power needs....
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Shell Plc publishes fourth quarter 2022 press release

Eagle-Tribune 02 Feb 2023
Won bid with Eneco to jointly develop 760 MW installed capacity offshore wind power project in the Netherlands at Hollandse Kust (west) VI.Completed acquisition of Daystar Power Group, a provider of Solar-as-a-Service and Power-as-a-Service solutions to commercial and industrial ......
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Taking the initiative

China Daily 01 Feb 2023
China is joining hands with African countries in harnessing local sources of renewable energy, with hydro power projects in Angola, Burundi, Mali, Guinea, Ethiopia and Tanzania, wind farms in South Africa, Ethiopia and Kenya, and solar power plants in Algeria, Nigeria and Morocco....
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Audi installs South Africa’s first 200kW ultra-fast charger for electric cars

Independent online (SA) 31 Jan 2023
The new 200kW DC charger has been installed at the Mall of Africa in Midrand, and according to Audi it can charge the battery of an e-tron GT in just 15 minutes, under ideal conditions ... But how does it face up to load shedding? Thankfully the Mall of Africa, and certain other charging stations, has a solar-powered back-up system....
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It’s time to turn to renewable energy

Independent online (SA) 29 Jan 2023
Renewable energy by definition is energy that is derived from replenishable sources that do not run out, such as solar or wind power. Renewable energy is especially crucial for nations such as South Africa that are predominantly dependent on non-renewable energy sources such as coal, oil, gas, and nuclear power....
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A total of 71% of businesses affected by load shedding

Independent online (SA) 28 Jan 2023
... power outages ... One of the debates towards finding a solution to the power cuts in South Africa has been the shift to alternative forms of energy such as solar energy and wind energy ... South Africa’s power utility has been plagued by governance issues both internally and externally....

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