The Nexus and Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPID)

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

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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 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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Here Comes the Sun // Solar Technology for Agriculture

By Mia Signs. Solar energy technology is not new and has been used in a wide variety of ways, from providing energy through microgrids in remote areas, to solar powered cars and cell phone chargers. It has now moved into agriculture and thanks to advances in technology and dropping prices, it's also affordable for a growing part of the society of developing countries.

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SPIS // Solar-powered Irrigation Can Boost Rural Development, But Also Poses Risks

By Avinash Kishore. Irrigation is one of the most effective means for boosting agricultural production, but powering the withdrawal of groundwater can be an expensive and polluting process. Solar panels provide a cleaner energy source for pumping groundwater than traditional diesel-based pumps, and their cost has rapidly fallen in recent years — exciting policymakers in South Asia about their promise as a viable and sustainable tool for rural development.

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SPIS // Positive Prospects for Solar-powered Irrigation Systems

Solar powered irrigation systems are now an affordable and climate-friendly technology for both large and small-scale farmers in developing countries. But they need to be adequately managed and regulated to avoid the risk of unsustainable water use, FAO stressed in a new report published today. FAO offers guidance on how to make the most of innovation and guard against water waste.

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

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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

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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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SPIS // Interactive Solar Water Pumping Knowledge Base

This collection is an overview of 213 solar water pumping projects all over the world from 2001 up to 2016 (plus one project from 1995). The data is accessible by country/region, year, topic and via map. It provides links to project websites and documents.

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