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South Africa and Solar Lighting
South Africa is located at the south of the African continent. Its long coastline stretches along two oceans – the South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean. South Africa is made up of vast almost completely flat stretches of plateau. South Africa has a typically temperate climate as it is surrounded by ocean on all three sides, in addition to being in the climatically milder southern hemisphere.
Based on information from the South African Weather Service, South Africa falls more or less between 22 to 35ºS and 16 to 33ºE. The amount of direct short-wave solar radiation reaching the top of the atmosphere is mainly dependent on latitude. Compared to the rest of the world, South Africa receives a relative high amount of sunshine. In the northern region where of the Department of Meteorology is located, the province receives approximately 70% of the maximum possible sunshine, equating to an annual average of over 8 hours of sunshine per day. The western interior of South Africa receives 80% and the east coast around 50% related mostly due to seasonal variations in rainfall and therefore cloud cover.
In general the country receives an average of 3 cloudy days in the winter months and less than 1 during summer. In contrast there are an average of 12 sunny days per month in winter and over 25 days per month during summer.