Powering Water with Solar

Published: Jan. 28, 2015

In 2013,
The Earth Institute at Columbia University
(United States) received a Powering Agriculture award for the
Early Adoption/Distribution (Stage 4) of
Solar Photovoltaic
solutions for
Irrigation
in the production of
Horticulture
in
Senegal

About Powering Agriculture

Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development supports the development and deployment of clean energy innovations that increase agriculture productivity and stimulate low carbon economic growth in the agriculture sector of developing countries to help end extreme poverty and extreme hunger.

The Earth Institute at Columbia University has now shipped the first solar pump controller to its project site in Senegal. Learn more about their project.

"This is a hugely important first step as the beneficiaries and public have been anticipating the arrival of the controller for the past several months," says the institute's Brett Gleitsmann. "It's also important because it is our first chance to see if our technical solution of powering multiple pumps with one single solar array will be successful in the field," he adds.

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Sep. 7, 2016

The Earth Institute at Columbia University just celebrated the first anniversary of Acacia Irrigation, their shared irrigation system in Senegal. Three systems, each serving seven farms, are up and running; all three have seen high usage since installation. Farmers are already seeing the benefits. 

Jun. 7, 2016

The Sustainable Engineering Lab at Columbia University started with a question: Could a single system provide electricity or water to multiple farmers? To find out, they set up a system comprised of three solar photovoltaic arrays to power irrigation pumps in Gabar, Senegal.

Apr. 23, 2016

Harnessing the sun’s power is once again at the forefront of energy technology as an increasingly affordable method of generating electricity. In developing regions of the world, solar is not only a clean energy solution but sometimes the sole source of power for smallholders.