Solar power is one of the most dependable sources of power and is pure energy derived from the sun. It is the conversion of energy from sunlight into electricity, either directly using Photovoltaics (PV), indirectly using concentrated solar power, or a combination.
Energy is the spine of any economy and this justifies the world’s dependence on it. China is leading the world in solar PV generation, with the total installed capacity exceeding 100 GW.
According to the “World Sunshine Map”, Africa receives many more hours of bright sunshine during the course of the year than any other continent in the world. Despite the large solar potential, penetration of solar power in Africa’s energy sector is still very low.
With less than 20 percent of the African population with access to electricity, there is a need to invest more in solar energy.
See below solar power and it’s many benefits:
Solution to global warming.
Global temperature rise, warming oceans, shrinking ice sheets, sea level rise and other extreme events are signs of an imminent global crisis.
However, the more we are able to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels, the easier it is to mitigate global warming. For this reason, solar power is one of the most effective solutions to the global warming crisis.
Renewable energy source
Solar energy is sustainable as it is obtained from an inexhaustible source. The sun will always shine and this makes solar energy a renewable source of energy. It provides enough energy in one minute to supply the world’s energy needs for one year.
Solar power is an extremely reliable source of energy because the rising and setting of the sun is consistent. Although clouds are not that predictable, short and medium-range forecasts are accurate.
Consequently, projections for the amount of sunlight that will be received in different locations are accurate depending on time.
Though the initial cost of purchasing a solar system is fairly high, your energy bills will reduce drastically over time and you would be saving a lot of money.
Low maintenance cost
Solar panels are made of tempered glass, so they’re built to withstand hail and other rough weather. The panels also have no moving parts which makes them incredibly durable and require little to no maintenance over their productive lifetime, which can span 25 years or more.
You could use automated cleaners that work similar to sprinklers, which can be programmed to clean your panels as needed. This is very effective in dusty areas.