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The Benefits and Risks of Solar Powered Irrigation - a global overview

The Benefits and Risks of Solar Powered Irrigation - a global overview
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FAO 24 April 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.

To download the report (pdf, 87 pages, 1.73Mo), click Here


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