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Solar Power Calculator for Africa

By Wayan Vota on May 6, 2009

Matt Berg, a longtime friend of Inveneo, has published his off-grid solar calculator for public use. Its an excel-based toolkit to help with cost and design estimates when you are in the planning stages:

  • Solar Toolkit – excel based solar calculator. Last updated 05.03.09. Please see instructions for proper usage.
  • Solar Radiation Chart – useful for estimating peak solar of your location (# hours of day of strong sunlight)
  • Solar Radiation Chart 2 – includes optimal PV inclination angles for facing the sun

Note that Matt says this is NOT intended to replace getting a detailed power estimate from a local solar expert who can best take in account the local conditions.

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks and is the Digital Health Director at IntraHealth International. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of IntraHealth International or other ICTWorks sponsors.
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One Comment to “Solar Power Calculator for Africa”

  1. Hussein Haji Sh abrar says:

    Dear ictworks

    my name is hussain and i’m from somalia thank you for the solar tool ket but what do i do when i want to calc from dc to ac i mean if i want to use ac things