Solar Market Outlook in Zimbabwe
The Zimbabwe government has recently launched its National Renewable Energy Policy. They have obtained assistance from the World Bank in order to procure large scale solar PV projects. The World Bank has opened a tender via the African Power Platform in order to boost the renewable energy capacity.
Solar is the primary source of energy among independent power projects in Zimbabwe. As of July 2021, there were seven new solar PV projects that were installed with a solar capacity of 66 MW. These projects are expected to become ready and fully functional by the end of 2021, which should boost the country’s solar and renewable energy industry.
The new solar developments are also proof that there are adequate regulations in place in Zimbabwe designed to benefit investors and consumers alike. The government is hoping to maintain policies that will encourage more investors in the future.
By the end of 2020, Zimbabwe has reached 17 MW capacity in solar installations. They are targeting to reach 1GW of capacity by 2025.
Solar Energy Equipment Supply Capacity in Zimbabwe
As of now, there are limited options for suppliers and distributors within Zimbabwe. Individual and commercial consumers of solar installations do have access to global suppliers, as well as those from neighboring countries.
Top 8 Major Seaports & Logistics in Zimbabwe
There are various ports and logistics companies operating in Zimbabwe to maximize the ability to transport solar power equipment. The top ports available in Zimbabwe are
- Thompson Junction,
- Victoria Falls,
Solar Street Light
Solar Street Light
As time goes by, solar power is becoming more popular in different products, in different regions. Before solar power is only introduced via solar panel systems but with the use of modern technology and innovations, many products are now being equipped and powered by solar power. One of the popular solar products today is solar street lights. If you will observe your surroundings, most standard street lights powered by electricity are now being replaced by solar-powered street lights. The main reason why people are gradually switching to solar street lights is their efficiency, conventional performance, and other abundant benefits.
For today’s article, we will share all the basic information about solar street lights.
What is Solar Street Light?
Solar street light is simply an outdoor source of light powered by solar power. It is now becoming the common dependable source for street lighting across the globe due to its unending benefits to consumers. Some of the benefits associated with solar street lights include low dependence and reliance on conventional electricity, conservation of energy, and money-saving. Generally, these street lights are integrated into the pole or mounted on other lighting structures. In regions experiencing abundant sunlight, solar street lights are the best alternative to standard street lights powered by electricity. You can use these street lights to illuminate the streets, patio, backyards, gardens, parking lots, and other public spaces.
Components of Solar Street Light
Modern solar street lights are composed of solar panels, built-in lithium-ion batteries, battery chargers, control systems, automatic controls, motion sensors, and poles. Whereas, a fully advanced and automatic solar street light device comes with LEDs, a built-in and replaceable rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that powers either a fluorescent or LED lamp, passive infrared (PIR) sensors, and other smart features. These solar street lights are usually weather-proof and water-resistant, have a low insect attraction rate, low glare, and long lifespan.
Types of Solar Street Lights
Solar street lights have different types and designs available in the market but below are the most common type that you will see in your neighborhood.
The split solar street light is flexible enough to adjust the location of sunlight to its maximum heat because it has rotatable solar panels. Typically, these street lights are available in two types of solar street lamp systems: 12V and 24V.
- All-in-one Solar Street Light
From the word itself “all-in-one” these lights are composed of many components but compact with one body. All-in-one solar street lights are the new generation set of solar street lights.
- Two-in-one Solar Street Light
It is made with a solar panel bracket design, and cannot carry a solar panel power capacity bigger than 50W. It also has a solar panel installed on the body lamp’s top powered by batteries, LED fixtures, and controllers.
How Does Solar Street Light Works?
The photovoltaic solar cells will emit the sunlight and convert the gathered solar energy into power energy, which is then stored in the solar battery. At night, the lamp will switch on automatically then consumes the solar power that is stored in the battery. During the first 5 hours of the night, the light will work at average lumens brightness. Subsequently, the light intensity will reduce till dawn or increase again once the PIR sensor detects human movement. During the daytime, the light will automatically turn off and the battery will recharge again. The process will start again from emitting to consuming and repeated every day.
Is it Worth it to Install Solar Street Lights?
In comparison to the standard electric street lights, solar street lights are indeed a worthy product. This light cannot only switch you to renewable and cleaner energy but it can also provide you more benefits. It may cost you a huge buck of money at first, but it is a lifetime investment that can return your initial investment multiple times for the next coming years.