Solar Lift Irrigation
To supplement the intermittent and inadequate canal supply, many farmers have also dug tubewells. For farmers,waiting two to three years for connection to the national grid only adds to their woes. Looking for solutions to the poor electricity distribution and spiralling costs of diesel, they have been demanding solar power to meet the shortfall in energy to irrigate their fields.
The technology has been around for two or three decades but it’s not a perfect solution for powering irrigation. Too expensive for most farmers, the panels were only available in one or two horsepower (hp) output and inadequate for groundwater extraction from deeper tubewells.