ClearWorld January 2018 - Page 11

4. The power of distributed generation and the rise of smaller grids

African countries have had challenges in the past with providing their citizens with electricity. A typical example would be the Eskom load-shedding which hit SA in 2015.

Distributed generation has the ability to bring more citizens into the energy fold by building smaller power stations at specific load centers, rather than building bigger, centralised stations that need to transmit power long distance.

This helps in reducing transmission losses as power would not need to be evacuated over long distances.

5. The long-term move towards integrated grids through increased investment in transmissions projects

In developed markets such as the US and Europe, the country with a surplus power is able to evacuate power to the one with deficit power through the linked grids. This is not the case in Africa, where there are very distinct regional power pools.

Although investment in transmission projects to link grids is slowly increasing, with many examples of transmission projects in countries such Ethiopia, Kenya and Mozambique, it is a gradual development and an expensive exercise.

The future holds exciting developments for ClearWorld and the other companies committed to solar energy and its best practices. We look forward to the year ahead and the important improvements sure to come.

There’s no doubt that renewable energy is rapidly changing the way we work and live. Clearworld’s unique solar energy solutions take the best of the field’s technological advancements and produce solutions that are applicable to daily life.

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The future holds exciting developments for ClearWorld and the other companies committed to solar energy and its best practices. We look forward to the year ahead and the important improvements sure to come.