Your First Guide to Solar Water Pumping
What you will find in this guide about Solar Water Pumping
- What is Solar Photovoltaic Pumping and Why Now?
- When to go Solar? – Advantages and Disadvantages
- Designing Solar Pumping Schemes. Sizes of Systems
- Purchasing Solar Pumping Equipment. Quality of products
- Cost and Economic Assessment of Solar PV Water Pumping Schemes
- Monitoring the Installation of a Solar PV Water Pumping Scheme.
- Basic Operation and Maintenance
- Breaking myths about solar technology and water.
- Causes of Solar Water Pumping scheme malfunction
- Recommendation and Way forward.
Adopt and develop Solar Systems
Solar photovoltaic [PV] pumping has in the last years undergone a series of technical and price developments resulting in advanced, robust, affordable, climate smart, versatile, low maintenance equipment. Favorable policies from an increasing number of governments and donors have opened an opportunity for organizations to scale-up and mainstream the use of solar PV pumping in their water supply projects. Solar PV Pumping is now cost-competitive with diesel powered water schemes in all sizes.
Relief organizations have been however slow in adopting and benefiting from the advantages that solar PV pumping solutions brings nowadays, still relying largely in diesel generator powered pumps. Lack of technical expertise and awareness has been identified as the single most important barrier to scale up solar PV pumping in relief operations.
This booklet is aimed to water engineers, especially those working in emergency and post and protracted emergencies with a goal to raise their awareness and understanding of the opportunities that solar PV pumping solutions bring, its advantages and disadvantages and the main issues that should be taken into account when assessing, designing, installing, and carrying out operation and maintenance work.