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Strengthening the Institutional Capacities for Sustainable Management of Solar Powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS) in Sub-Saharan Africa - TCP/RAF/3613









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    Realizing the Potential and Managing the Risks of Solar Irrigation in the Near East and North Africa - TCP/RAB/3604 2020
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    In recent years, solar irrigation has become increasingly interesting for countries as a reliable, clean-energy solution for agricultural water management, especially in areas with high-incident solar radiation. As investment costs for solar-powered irrigation systems (SPIS) are decreasing, SPIS technologies are becoming a viable option for many farmers. In rural areas, solar irrigation can be a means to ensuring access to energy for agriculture, and possibly for other users in rural areas that lack reliable access to electricity or where diesel fuel is expensive. Some countries are promoting SPIS in the framework of national action plans against climate change, as a way of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in agriculture. The conditions for SPIS vary from country to country, in terms of biophysical and climatic suitability, techno-economic feasibility, institutional arrangements, regulations and policy support, financing and economic viability of systems. There is now an opportunity to not simply introduce a clean-energy, climate-smart and relatively affordable technology, but to think strategically about how this technology can be used to regulate groundwater use, provide energy access to rural areas, and promote innovative investment models and organizational structures. Against this background, the project sought to strengthen institutional capacities in two target countries, Egypt and Tunisia, by learning from existing experiences to understand how to promote and regulate the use of SPIS, and fostering policy dialogue across sectors to ensure a coordinated approach to SPIS, with the overall aim of improving natural resources management and encouraging low-emission and climate-smart agriculture; as well as providing training for technical experts to act as multipliers of knowledge.
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    The Benefits and Risks of Solar Powered Irrigation - a global overview 2018
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    The report gives a state-of-the-art overview of policies, regulations and incentives for the sustainable use of solar-powered irrigation technologies (SPIS) around the world. SPIS offer a viable, low-tech energy solution for irrigated agriculture, providing a reliable source of energy in remote areas, contributing to rural electrification, reducing energy costs for irrigation and enabling low emission agriculture. Nevertheless, SPIS have a significant initial investment cost and require innovative financing models to overcome this barrier to adoption, especially for small-scale farmers. Technical knowledge and service infrastructure is needed to ensure that the systems run effectively. Moreover, SPIS – if not adequately managed - bear the risk of fostering unsustainable water use as lower energy costs may lead to over-abstraction of groundwater. This report looks at how different countries work to create an enabling environment for SPIS technologies, while managing the risks that come with it.
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    Assessment of solar-powered irrigation systems in the West Bank (Palestine) 2022
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    In Palestine, energy represents a significant cost in agriculture as needed to pump, transport water or operate pressurized localized irrigation systems. Solar energy represents an opportunity to cut on production costs –once the upfront cost of the solar pumping equipment are paid for. Solar pumping can be individually or collectively owned. Renewable energy systems, such as photovoltaic (PV) based pumps are also far easier to transport than diesel generators, for example as they be moved in pieces and reassembled on site and don’t require the extra transportation problems of fuel. This study implemented in 2021 investigated the status and the impact of solar-powered irrigation systems (SPIS) in Palestine by considering the currently installed systems.

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