Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Solar Energy News .

A turn-key solar irrigation solution for farmers
by Shahan Ahmed
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 16, 2015

The new Nano-Grid solution that has been introduced by Solaric, a renewable energy solution developer and provider, located in Bangladesh, may provide superior and more affordable services for farmers and entire communities as a whole. The company says, for around the same cost as the alternative stand- alone solar pump, the Nano-Grids not only provide power for irrigation pumps, but is also providing around the clock access to electricity for 50+ house-holds in a community.

Stand-alone irrigation pumps which are now being piloted in India to address the need for clean and affordable means to irrigation for rural farmers have yet to solve the issue of affordability. The new systems that are being tested are still too costly for rural farmers and have yet to overcome many barriers such as reducing the system cost, and limiting the need for government subsidy to make these pumps affordable for the farmers living in poor countries.

A new solution known as Nano-Grid, may make irrigation both efficient, affordable, and at the same time, completely remove the need for government aid. SOLARIC (Solar Intercontinental), the developers of this system, says, for the same cost of one solar pump, each Nano system provides not only irrigation support, but also provides an entire community with unrestricted 24 hour electricity access.

On average, rural farmers in India make about 95 USD per month and pay up to one dollar per litter of diesel to power the diesel generator based irrigation pumps they currently use. Poverty stricken countries are unable earn sufficient income due to the fact that they can not repay their loans, are exploited, have high cost of irrigation, and high cost of supplies.

Subsidy still is an issue as it is unreliable, costly, and a huge burden on government. For example, in Maharashta, India, Raju Shetty, MP, says, "Government not only have to provide financial support for the drip infrastructure and solar pump, but also sustain its maintenance, repair, and the cost to the government does not guarantee that it will yield financial gains or yield more crops".

The failing system in this Indian state is proof that these irrigation solar pumps are too costly and may not be a promising solution for all regions. Furthermore, many farmers still do not qualify for these subsidies, and even with subsidy, many still are unable to afford them; enabling farmers to operate independently, efficiently, and cost effectively without external intervention, is key.

The new Nano-Grid solution that has been introduced by Solaric, a renewable energy solution developer and provider, located in Bangladesh, may provide superior and more affordable services for farmers and entire communities as a whole. The company says, for around the same cost as the alternative stand- alone solar pump, the Nano-Grids not only provide power for irrigation pumps, but is also providing around the clock access to electricity for 50+ house-holds in a community.

These systems have already been established in many countries such as Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Malaysia and all have been running to expectations. The benefits Nano-Grid has over stand-alone solar irrigation pumps are countless as these systems are not restricted to providing power to just only one cause. These systems provide 24/7 around the clock energy for homes in a community and also is providing electricity for local shop owners, agricultural farms, and even poultry farms.

The average cost for the Solar irrigation pumps, including installation, is around eight to ten Thousand USD and the government is expected to subsidize over 60 percent of the total cost before farmers are expected to be able to afford them. This Comes with many hurdles, and many farmers still are unable to afford these systems or do not qualify for such assistance. Nano-Grid on the other hand, the total cost of this system is about the Same as one solar pump, but goes beyond just powering irrigation pumps.

For example, in an interview, a poultry farmer in Bangladesh, stated that he was Paying $25 on diesel gas to run his poultry farm; $25 dollars is a high price to pay in poverty Stricken countries such as Bangladesh. He stated, "Now that I am running my farm through Nano-Grid, I am only paying $10 dollars to light the entire farm for the entire month".

Many agricultural farmers are connected through the Nano-Grid and they are also seeing savings and more income because they no longer have to pay for diesel, worry about costly maintenance and breakdowns that diesel generators come with. While the alternative stand-alone solar pump still remain too costly, restricted to only irrigation support, and still require subsidy, for the same cost of one of these systems, Nano-Grids are powering entire communities with unrestricted around the clock electricity while catering to the needs of farmers as well.

The key advantage that attributes to the success of Nano-grid systems is that the total cost of the system is shared by the entire community which makes these systems affordable for any village and worth their investment; For just 2-5 dollars per month, every home is able to have around the clock access to electricity. Once the system is completely paid for, the town becomes the owner of the systems and the company handles all maintenance and repair needs for a small fee.

Unlike any other solar alternative on the market that is specialized for rural electrification, for the first time, the Nano-Grids technology has enabled users to power beyond just lights.

Until now, alternative solutions available for off-grid energy, have only catered to lighting, but Nano-Grid has finally enabled end-users to power televisions, computers, and other appliances they may require which is allowing them to live far more modern and enjoyable lives. Looking through a window of a rural home now, you will now see that they are living lives similar to those living in more urbanized areas that have connection to the government grid system.

Due to the lack of available technology that effectively and efficiently address the issues of providing affordable irrigation methods, farmers in poverty stricken countries are barely making any income as the cost of production is too high for them. Government and energy companies still do not have enough incentive to cover majority of the cost for systems such as the solar irrigation pumps as it has yet to show a promise of yielding more crops, bring financial returns, and the systems are just too costly.

Solaric says, "To enable communities to develop from one stage to the next, more is required on the innovation side that makes the technology more efficient, affordable, and adds more value to the lives of the community. Enabling them to operate independently without government aid has always been an issue, and Nano-Grids have addressed these issues. The systems have shown a track record of success as farmers are finally able to independently run their farms for far cheaper costs, and the benefits extend beyond to the community by providing access to electricity that both top and bottom of the pyramid users can afford.


Related Links
Solar IC
All About Solar Energy at

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Artificial 'plants' could fuel the future
Berkeley CA (SPX) Sep 09, 2015
Imagine creating artificial plants that make gasoline and natural gas using only sunlight. And imagine using those fuels to heat our homes or run our cars without adding any greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. By combining nanoscience and biology, researchers led by scientists at University of California, Berkeley, have taken a big step in that direction. Peidong Yang, a professor of chemi ... read more

Potential of disk-shaped small structures, coccoliths

Water heals a bioplastic

Waste coffee used as fuel storage

Methanotrophs: Could bacteria help protect our environment?

Canada Dominates European Rover Challenge 2015

'Hedgehog' Robots Hop, Tumble in Microgravity

For these 'cyborgs', keys are so yesterday

Australian scientists sending robot after destructive starfish

As wind-turbine farms expand, research shows they lose efficiency

Researchers find way for eagles and wind turbines to coexist

North Dakota plans more wind power capacity

European Funding brings ZephIR 300 wind lidar to Malta

Auto industry veteran hired to rev up Google car

Uber's Chinese rival invests in US opponent Lyft: report

Major carmakers pledge auto-braking for US market

China auto sales down 2.98% in August: industry group

Physicists catch a magnetic wave that offers promise for more energy-efficient computing

SeaRoc and Natural Power helping EDF's Paimpol-Brehat Tidal Farm

New nanomaterial maintains conductivity in three dimensions

New findings move flexible lighting technology toward commercial feasibility

Kenya signs China nuclear power deal

Anger as French minister casts doubt on nuclear plant closure

Japan nuclear plant begins commercial operations

Russia Mulls Participation in Armenian NPP New Power Unit Construction

New wearable technology can sense appliance use, help track carbon footprint

British study finds new potential for carbon storage

How to curb emissions? Put a price on carbon

Hong Kong's Li overhauls business by merging utilities firms

Tree planting can harm ecosystems

Breaking a vicious circle in once-lush Haiti

Reviving extinct Mediterranean forests

As demand for African timber soars, birds pay the ultimate price

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.