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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Daystar Power celebrates one year anniversary of partnering with Nigerian Bottling Company on solar power provision

Business Day Online 30 Jul 2021
LAGOS, 30 July 2021 — Daystar Power, a leading provider of hybrid solar power solutions to businesses in West Africa, announced the one year anniversary of the installation of a 950kWp solar power solution for Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC)’s Abuja plant ... Its adoption of hybrid solar to power its bottling plants is no different....
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Daystar Power celebrates one year of solar provision to NBC

Business Day Online 30 Jul 2021
Daystar Power, a leading provider of hybrid solar power solutions to businesses in West Africa, announced the one year anniversary of the installation of a 950kWp solar power solution for Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC)’s Abuja plant ... In 2020, NBC partnered with Daystar Power to incorporate solar power into its energy systems at its bottling plants....
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African Diaspora Central Bank to invest $9 billion in electric vehicle startup

Independent online (SA) 30 Jul 2021
The African Diaspora Central Bank has committed to invest $9 billion in Mandrolli, a solar and battery-powered electric vehicle (EV) startup based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a base in the U.S. Mandrolli describes itself as an electric vehicle start-up that is set to drive electric mobility pioneering in Africa....
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Middle East and Africa Solar technology tenders activity rises 31% in Q2 2021

Power Technology 28 Jul 2021
Middle East and Africa solar technology tenders in Q2 2021 saw 84 tenders announced, marking a rise of 31% over the last four-quarter average of 64, according to GlobalData’s power industry tenders database ... Kenya tops Middle East and Africa solar power tenders activity ... Middle East and Africa solar technology tenders in Q2 2021....
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Middle East and Africa Solar technology tenders activity rises 17% in June 2021

Power Technology 28 Jul 2021
Middle East and Africa solar technology tenders in June 2021 saw 28 tenders announced, marking a rise of 17% over the last 12-month average of 24, according to GlobalData’s power industry tenders database ... Kenya tops Middle East and Africa solar power tenders activity ... Middle East and Africa solar technology tenders in June 2021....
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African govts urged to promote manufacturing sector

Graphic 28 Jul 2021
Her Blue Power Energy Limited company is an alternative energy conglomerate financing a $200 million solar farm in northern Ghana ... “In West Africa, energy portfolios of hydropower, solar and wind have the potential to be significantly cheaper than natural gas by 2030....
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UK to invest £132m in Kenya for new finance centre and climate drive

The National 27 Jul 2021
UK elephants flown to Africa on ‘Dumbo jet’ ... aims to become a gateway for capital flowing in and out of Africa, and the City of London ... The UK government-backed InfraCo Africa will also invest £3.3m in off-grid solar power to offer clean energy to 6,000 families in rural Kenya....
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Tomorrow’s engineering innovators uncovered by The Big Bang 2021

The Engineer 27 Jul 2021
Users rate tourist spots using 3 different criteria ... She learnt of a remote village in Chad, Africa which had problems powering an electric pump needed to draw water from a well. Solar panels didn’t work in the early and late hours because the sun wasn’t strong enough and batteries were always failing in the harsh windy environment ... ....
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Can Israel help tensions surrounding the Nile? - opinion

The Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2021
The altercation concerns the vast dam being built by Ethiopia to create the largest hydroelectric generating plant in Africa ... Some experts suggest the future involves integrating hydro, solar and wind power with the GERD operation in an East Africa-wide green-power strategy....
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Platinum giants eye solar power as green answer to blackouts

Mining Dot Com 23 Jul 2021
South Africa has been dogged by power outages since 2005 and rolling blackouts are a big problem for the world’s deepest mines, which are often forced to reduce some operations when power is rationed ... Implats is weighing options to use solar power at all its mines in South Africa and Zimbabwe, said Johan Theron, a spokesman for Implats....
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Sunoco LP Maintains Quarterly Distribution

The Banner-Press 23 Jul 2021
DALLAS, July 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Sunoco LP (NYSE ... The distribution will be paid on August 19, 2021 to common unitholders of record on August 6, 2021 ... +3. Coalition Including Google, GivePower and Silfab Solar Brings Solar Power to One of Africa's Oldest National Parks and a Prominent Peace School in the Democratic Republic of Congo ... .......
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South Africa installed 1.3 GW of PV last year

PV Magazine 21 Jul 2021
South Africa has seen the start of a solar renaissance under its current president.” ... South Africa's Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy launched, in March, the long-expected fifth round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program (REIPPPP)....
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Sahel-wide group buying program could drive solar home system supply

PV Magazine 21 Jul 2021
... including sales to the residents of UN refugee camps in East Africa. A study into the challenges facing the roll-out of off-grid solar power in Africa has recommended a Sahel-wide group buying program for solar home systems in nations designated ‘fragile' by the World Bank....

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