21 Jun '11, 7pm

Solar-Powered Irrigation on the Rise in Kenya

Solar-Powered Irrigation on the Rise in Kenya

Reuters AlertNet has a story about the rise of solar-powered pumps in Central Kenya, where farmers can use the pump to access water from the Nyamindi River to irrigate their crops, which are often produced for export. The solar panels, which are set up on tall metal poles and connected to pumps in the river, replace the frequently-used diesel or petrol engines to pump water. Farmers using the technology are saving money and reducing both their emissions output and water consumption. From AlertNet : The pump also is helping to conserve water from the Nayamindi river. Low rainfall, likely caused by climatic change, is causing the river to dry up at certain times of year. In drought-prone areas of Kenya, irrigation is widely used in farming. But uncontrolled irrigation methods, such as flooding furrows with water and letting it soak into the soil, are endangering water suppli...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/06/solar-powered-irr...

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