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Solar Resource and PV Potential of Malawi : Solar Resource Atlas (English)

Solar electricity offers a unique opportunity to achieve long-term sustainability goals, such as the development of a modern economy, healthy and educated society, clean environment, and improved geopolitical stability. Solar power plants exploit local solar resources; they do not require heavy support infrastructure, they are scalable, and improve electricity services. A key feature of solar electricity is that it is accessible in remote locations, thus providing development opportunities anywhere. While solar resources are fuel to solar power plants, the local geographical and climate conditions determine the efficiency of their operation. Free fuel makes solar technology attractive; however, effective investment and technical decisions require detailed, accurate and validated solar and meteorological data. Accurate data are also needed for the cost-effective operation of solar power plant. High quality solar resource and meteorological data can be obtained by satellite-based meteorological models and by instruments installed at meteorological stations.

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  • Document Date

    2018/12/01

  • Document Type

    ESMAP Paper

  • Report Number

    133649

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    Malawi,

  • Region

    Africa,

  • Disclosure Date

    2019/01/11

  • Disclosure Status

    Disclosed

  • Doc Name

    Solar Resource and PV Potential of Malawi : Solar Resource Atlas

  • Keywords

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Solar Resource and PV Potential of Malawi : Solar Resource Atlas (English). Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/974121547193692233/Solar-Resource-and-PV-Potential-of-Malawi-Solar-Resource-Atlas