Costs included in generatos vs solar pumping comparisions
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In your cost comparisons of solar vs generator pumping schemes, is drilling of borehole included in the calculation?
Economic analysis were made with the aim to compare technology costs (solar vs diesel) rather than having total costs. That’s why in order to simplify the analysis, we decided to eliminate all the costs that were common for both technologies. The cost of drilling a borehole will be the same, whether we install a generator or a solar system to power the pump, and therefore won’t have influence in the comparisons of both technologies. All the common costs (fencing of water point, salary of operator etc) were eliminated for the same reason.