WISIONS of Sustainability
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Introducing solar water pumping systems to small farmers in Nepal
News from WISIONS posted on February 4th, 2021
The project team carried out several activities including knowledge exchange, capacity building, system demonstration, follow up and monitoring for the promotion of SWP system among smallholder farmers for irrigation. The project further facilitated network development among municipal officials, cooperatives, farmers and SWP supplier companies.
To tackle one of the biggest obstacles for SWPs the project also aimed to increase the access to financing options for rural farmers. The project provided farmers with an orientation on the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) subsidy program and also financing options from financial institutions like SFACLs. As a result a total of 17 SWP systems have been installed in the project area. 16 SWP systems were installed under AEPC subsidy program, and 1 SWP system was installed with credit facility from JSLBSL.
The feedback from the farmers who installed a SWP was very positive. Some were able to increase their incomes. Others welcomed the replacement of the diesel engines, which caused additional costs for fuel and operation as well as maintenance. Furthermore, some farmers reported that they could even provide neighboring farmers with water from their SWP system. These results show that the transfer of knowledge about sustainable energy solutions and support by different actors to achieve those, are a major determinant on the way to achieving SDG 7 - sustainbale energy access for all.
Find here the full description of the project: Exchange: Knowledge Exchange to Make Solar Water Pumping (SWP) Systems Affordable for Small Farmers (SEPS16)
Or listen to our webinar about sustainable energy solutions for irrigation: 7. Energy for Water from "Sun&Co" - Renewable Energy Innovations for Irrigation