Renewable energy has been the buzz word for sometime now. A lot has been said about climate change and a lot invested in renewable energy.
The renewable energy ecosystem over time has evolved from the large scale hydro and wind technology to the more adaptable small scale technologies like solar. Unlike other renewable sources, solar energy is easily available and the size of the smallest install-able unit is much smaller. This has led to governments across the globe transferring focus to the solar technology to promote faster adoption of renewable energy.
In India, the adoption of solar has been fast paced , primarily owing to the subsidies offered by the government. The government has shown particular interest in promoting the widescale adoption of solar pumping systems to farmers. India being a primarily agricutural country with many farmers still out of the reach of the electrical grid, the subsidies have come as the morning sun. This has resulted in pipelines of applications for availing the benefits of the subsidies. The government has been seen wanting for funds and participation to make up for the supplies. Farmers have been required to wait for years, post application, to avail the benefits as result of this shortcomings.
Barring the subsidy, solar pumping system is quite expensive for average Indian farmers to invest in. This takes them back to dependence on the rain gods. Also many times, some farming methods doesnot require daily irrigation.
An enterprising entrepreneur Mr. Diwakar, in the state of Jharkhand, has come up with the concept of rentable mobile solar pumping system. This has resulted in a distribution of costs, making it more affordable for the farmers to avail water from nearby water sources or bores. The concept has been borrowed from the rented DG concept prevelant in rural India , wherein farmers use rented DG operated pump sets to pump water as and when required. The modeling of the concept around, the solar systems helps farmers avail similar benefits ,at a lesser cost and in a sustainable way. Also in case of vegetable farming, multiple farmers can utilize this mobile pumping system at the same time.
Mr. Diwakar has used LUBI make solar pumps, controllers and solar panels to design this system. Mr. Diwakar says that the key components of the solar pump system being from the same manufacturer allows a single service point thus reducing the system downtime in case of problems. The affordability and consistency of the system has also resulted in rampant adoption. Also as per Mr. Diwakar the system also serves as mobile marketing wagon of a solar system allowing farmers to have a first hand experience of solar systems and thus promoting its usage.