The Nexus and Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS)

Solar Powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS) represent one of the most prominent interdependencies of the water, energy and food sectors. The renewable, climate-friendly technology is the fastest growing of all solar energy applications. By enhancing the irrigation capacity, SPIS provide a great opportunity for food security. Irrigation not only boosts agricultural productivity in times of population growth, but also reduces climate vulnerability. This WEF-Nexus solution is rapidly expanding, as photovoltaic panels are getting more affordable for farmers in developing countries. However, adequate management of water resources is crucial in order to avoid over-exploitation and thus increases the urgency of integrated governance systems being in place. SPIS technology has potential to improve livelihoods and economic prosperity.

News on Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS) and the Nexus

Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS)

Getting Pumped // A Quest to Finance Solar Irrigation in Kenya

By Evgenia Sokolova. Solar pumping is a well established technology. But financing solar irrigation can be difficult, escpeially for small farmers.

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Sistemas de Riego con Energía Solar // Naciones Unidas Anima a Extender los Sistemas de Riego con Energía Solar

Par Pilar Sánchez Molina. La Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación (FAO) orienta en su nuevo informe sobre cómo aprovechar al máximo las innovaciones y evitar el desperdicio de agua.

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Sistemas de Riego con Energía Solar // Chile Destina USA $ 1,8 Millones para Sistemas de Riego Fotovoltaico

Par Pilar Sánchez Molina. Se ha destinado una inversión público – privada de más de $1.165 millones de pesos (1,8 millones de dólares) a obras de riego con energía fotovoltaica que beneficiarán a más de 202 familias de pequeños en los regiones de Arica y Parinacota en Chile.

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El Nexo y Agricultura // El Proyecto Sahara Forest

Convertir el desierto en un lugar verde y sostenible es el objetivo ambicioso del Proyecto 'Sahara Forest' (Bosque del Sahara), establecido en Jordania en 2016. La iniciativa comenzó a utilizar instalaciones de desalinización de agua y fotovoltaicas para convertir hasta 20 hectáreas de desierto en un oasis.

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Events on Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS) and the Nexus

Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS)

Solar Water Pumping Seminar for NGOs // Water Solutions for Developing Countries - Building the Next Generation (Asia)

This event is designed to help NGO and government decision makers, municipal water service providers, engineers, capacity builders and fund raisers to understand more about how solar water pumping solutions are changing the lives of millions of people around the world. The content is a mixture of information sharing, workshop activities and practical demonstrations of what can be achieved.

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Solar Water Pumping Seminar for NGOs // Water Solutions for Developing Countries - Building the Next Generation (Europe)

This event is designed to help NGO and government decision makers, municipal water service providers, engineers, capacity builders and fund raisers to understand more about how solar water pumping solutions are changing the lives of millions of people around the world. The content is a mixture of information sharing, workshop activities and practical demonstrations of what can be achieved.

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Solar Water Pumping Seminar for NGOs // Water Solutions for Developing Countries - Building the Next Generation (East Africa)

This event is designed to help NGO and government decision makers, municipal water service providers, engineers, capacity builders and fund raisers to understand more about how solar water pumping solutions are changing the lives of millions of people around the world. The content is a mixture of information sharing, workshop activities and practical demonstrations of what can be achieved.

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International Forum on Solar Technologies for Small-scale Agriculture and Water Management

The forum will explore how solar technology can help meet the food and water needs of the world's growing population.

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Resources on Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS) and the Nexus

Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS)

Return on Investment Case Study // Accelerating Solar Water Pump Sales in Kenya

This Return on Investment case study by Winrock International shows an increase in gross profits of up to 186% within one to two crop seasons after purchase of a solar water pump (SWP) for smallholder farmers in Kenya. Between August 2015 and December 2016 Winrock demonstrated SWPs to more than 16,000 of such smallholder farmers and found that despite strong demand, the lack of smallholder credit options for solar irrigation is a key obstacle preventing SWP sales from increasing rapidly;...

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Solar-powered Pump Irrigation and India's Groundwater Economy // A Preliminary Discussion of Opportunities and Threats

By Tushaar Shah and A. Kishore. Falling cost of photo voltaic (PV) cells is making solar irrigation pumps a reality in India. It is only a matter of time before governments begin aggressive promotion of solar irrigation pumps. Several players are already in the market offering a range of solar pumping solutions. With appropriate promotional strategy and incentives, solar pumps can attack India's invidious nexus between energy and groundwater irrigation and change it for the better.

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Video // Solar-powered Irrigation Pumps Hold Promise to Boost Productivity for Poor Indian Farmers

By IFPRI. Solar panels provide a cleaner, cheaper energy source for pumping groundwater than traditional diesel-based pumps, but implementing them sustainably carries challenges.

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Infographic // Solar Water Pumping - ready for mainstreaming?

Infographic by the Worldbank showing the price history of PV solar cells, a diesel-vs-solar cost calculation, possible flow, lifespan and challenges of solar water pumping systems.

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