Transitioning to a volumetric tariff system to make solar irrigation pumps financially viable

MinErgy uses SoLAR Innovation Fund to build community distribution tanks as a step towards a volumetric tariff system and equitable water distribution for community-governed solar irrigation projects. MinErgy’s distribution tank in Nawalparasi.   Solar irrigation has been gaining popularity in Nepal thanks to the government’s subsidies for individually-owned solar irrigation…

Continue reading

Grid-connection pilots for IDCOL’s Solar Irrigation program in Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s farmers depend on irrigation powered by imported diesel. With the rising cost of fossil fuel, the diesel-powered irrigation system is becoming increasingly unaffordable. According to Bangladesh’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), the country is committed to reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 5% (un-conditionally) by 2030. Bangladesh lacks natural resources…

Continue reading

Solar Irrigation for the “Last Mile”

Kalinga Renewable Energy Manufacturers Pvt. Limited (KARMA), a start-up from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bhubaneswar, innovates in mobile solar irrigation pumps for small and fragmented landholdings in rural Bihar and Odisha.   Due to poor irrigation infrastructure and a lack of reliable electricity grids in rural Bihar, farmers…

Continue reading

Vacancy: Regional Researcher, Impact Assessment

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has an exciting opportunity for a Regional Researcher who will provide implementation assistance and research support to the SDC-SoLAR project and will closely work with the Regional Project Leader, for ensuring rigorous evidence generation from large-scale producers and demonstration pilots in India and Nepal.

Continue reading

Solar Irrigation in South Asia: Emerging evidence of impacts on mitigation, adaptation, equity and groundwater

-Dr. Aditi Mukherji: Alleviating poverty with minimal carbon emission is at the heart of climate-resilient development. This need is particularly acute in South Asia, where the continuing expansion of irrigation holds the promise of pulling smallholders out of poverty but will also result in significant increases in carbon emissions due…

Continue reading