Africa is often considered as the “Sun continent”. During the past few years, Africa has been deploying a new technology to get electricity to everyone. It is a great opportunity for these countries. They can continue to provide energy to populations and improve their lives …
Solar panels for evolution
Now with solar technology, it has become easier and faster. Solar systems seem to be the best solutions for countries in energy development. You can install it fast and everywhere the sun is shining, for a cost smaller than coal, nuclear power plant or even hydropower. Many countries in this part of the world are betting on the solar energy.
Many solar farms have been built during the past few years to provide the energy needed by populations. Thing is, a solar farm needs something else: to deliver a lot of power, the structure needs to be very large. It needs space. Luckily in Africa, there is so much space to be used.
Solar panels for safety
6,00,000 Africans die every year because of kitchen’s smokes. There may be many ways to improve kitchen’s security and save lives but solar solutions can improve facilities far better than just security in the kitchen. It can provide a better warm and light solution. So providing electricity to every household in the continent can save and improve so many lives.
But the way we have done this before is quite expensive and creates pollution. Coal or nuclear are old-style energies, hydropower needs specific rares places to be created, so solar management the solution for these countries. Many shops on the internet like Solar Africa Shop started selling large solar panels pack to facilitate deployment of this technology on solar farms and also on private properties
Solar farms in Africa
In 2015, in South Africa, one of the biggest solar power projects has completed construction and became fully operational. It is a 180,000 megawatt photovoltaic (PV) farm and was the largest in its time. It is built with over 325,000 PV modules and will deliver renewable electricity to South Africa residents. It is enough to power up to 80,000 households through a 20-year power purchase agreement with SA power utility.
In 2016, in West Africa precisely in Senegal, a 20-megawatt solar farm with 75,000 modules has come online and only twelve days later, in the west of the same country, another 22-megawatt solar farm with 11,000 modules has born. In Marocco, it is the Noor solar central which produces the energy provided to 630 000 inhabitants of the country.
In South-West of Ouagadougou, in Burkina Faso, 200 peoples are currently building another one. nearly 130,000 modules fixed in the red earth of Zagtouli. 600,000 square meters to provide 55 gigawatts, this is 4 % of the annual consumption for this country and there will be 5 more in this country during next few years.