Globeleq operates 6 solar PV plants in South Africa, one in Kenya, and a solar PV plus battery energy storage plant in Mozambique
Globeleq is working to deliver new low carbon electricity in Africa. Solar power is essential to this growth given the high solar resources across the continent.
The sun produces more than enough energy to provide us with all our energy needs, but technology in the form of solar panels or photovoltaic (PV) modules is required to make it usable.
Like solar panels on rooftops, hand-held calculators and even spacecraft, PV cells are made of two layers of semiconductor material, usually silicon.
Electrons in the material are displaced when sunlight hits the solar cells. The voltage produced can drive a direct current, with one side of the cell receiving a negative charge and the other receiving a positive charge. When a circuit connects the two sides, the electrons flow, producing electricity.
Connecting several solar cells electrically to each other and mounting them in a frame makes a solar panel (photovoltaic module). The modules are connected in arrays, and the direct current (DC) generated is carried through wiring to an inverter, which converts the direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC).