Since the sun beats down on our planet all day, every day, how can we best harness its energy to reduce our global impact on the Earth?

Using long-term satellite data series, it’s possible to see the areas most exposed to its rays and, consequently, find the best locations to deploy large-scale solar energy and green hydrocarbon generation plants.

This visualisation shows the average solar irradiance of Africa over a period of 30 years, from 1983 to 2013. The data was gathered from the European Meteosat satellites and is also useful for monitoring changes in climate.