Posts tagged as Solar

Falling electricity demand makes solar uptake more noticeable

  The long-held belief that electricity consumption would continue to grow is being challenged in a number of mature economies in the past few years. Since WWII, electricity demand growth has persistently fallen relative to growth rate of GDP in nearly all mature economies. Fig. 1 illustrates the negative growth in electricity use in the […]

Solar PV leads distributed power industry

  The distributed power generation market is set to undergo substantial expansion over the coming years, with its contribution to the global installed power capacity more than doubling from 190 GW in 2013 to approximately 389 GW by 2019, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. Having achieved approximately 92 GW of installed power capacity up […]

Optimised ground-mounted PV installation delivers 8,1 MW

  Solar Frontier has announced that it will work with New Energy for the World (NEW) on an 8,1 MW solar power plant in Banwell, UK. Solar Frontier will provide a complete and optimised package of components, including black CIS solar modules, cabling and inverters. The modules used for this project are expected to deliver […]

Understanding the benefits of solar power

  Using solar energy would be a logical route for us to follow in an effort to alleviate the energy shortage. But we don’t. There are several good reasons why South Africans are reticent, amongst them being the cost of installation, lack of a clear understanding about what is available and, the fact that feeding […]

Private solar plant feeds into Cape Town’s electricity grid

  The 1,2 MW Black River Park Solar Project, at a 74 000 m2 office park in Observatory, is the first to legally transmit electricity back into Cape Town’s electrical distribution network. The first phase of the project generates 700 kW and has been operating above expectations since August 2013. The second phase will add […]

Schneider Electric brightens lives of Emthonjeni residents on Madiba Day

  Schneider Electric South Africa partnered with Emthonjeni, a community based organisation based in Zandspruit, near Johannesburg, to honour the late Mandela’s legacy on Madiba Day 2014. The team prepared approximately 600 breakfast and lunch meals for the less fortunate children in this area and engaged with them by playing games. They also contributed a […]

Solar flare’s impact underestimated

  If an asteroid big enough to knock modern civilization back to the 18th century appeared out of deep space and buzzed the Earth-moon system, the near-miss would be instant worldwide headline news. Two years ago, Earth experienced a close shave just as perilous, but most newspapers didn’t mention it. The “impactor” was an extreme […]

Soltrain II: Southern African solar thermal training and demonstration initiative

  The overall goal of Soltrain II, which is funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), is to contribute to the move from a fossil fuel based energy supply to a sustainable energy supply system , based on renewable energy in general but based on solar thermal in particular. Universities and vocational training centres will […]

Has the solar maximum arrived?

  During 2008 and 2009 an eerie quiet descended on the sun.  Sunspot counts dropped to historically-low levels and solar flares ceased altogether.  As the longest and deepest solar minimum in a century unfolded, solar physicists wondered  whether  a solar maximum  would ever return and if so when? “It’s back,” says Dean Pesnell of the […]