Awareness Programme on Solar Water Pumping System

By Dr. Mukesh Kumar   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi
Learners enrolled: 2055
In recent years, the application of solar energy is consistently increasing as an renewable and green source of energy. It has become the need of the hour due to diminishing availability of fossil fuels and environmental problems. Its potential is high due to its availability in abundance and the Energy Unit Cost is decreasing due to advances in harnessing technology. Its use and support among farmers is also increasing. Irrigation is one of the important operations undertaken by the farmers, and the conventional irrigation pumps are driven either through electricity or diesel as the energy source.  Besides, higher cost, irregular supply of electricity and higher diesel price disturb the timely irrigation to the crops. Solar powered pumping systems are affordable alternative to replace conventional diesel or electric pump sets. The solar water pump is reliable and environmentally sustainable. Solar Photo Voltaic (PV) water pumping system is one of the ideal solutions for assured, timely and efficient irrigation to the crops. Solar PV system provides regular/continuous supply of DC electric power to run the solar PV water pumping system resulting in timely and efficient irrigation which leads to higher agricultural productivity. Solar PV water pumping system is pollution-free and requires little maintenance as compared to the diesel operated or electricity (AC) operated water pump sets. 

Awareness programme on solar water pumping system provides information on solar energy, its benefits and applications. This programme provides a conceptual understanding of water pumps including solar PV water pumping system. The major components of solar PV water pumping system are also described in detail. A solar PV water pumping system requires very little operation and maintenance. However, the programmes give the basic elements of operation and maintenance (O&M) at farm level. The common precautions and safety measures to be taken during operation are also described.

Evaluation Methodology
The certificate will be given to the learners who obtained 40% and above marks in the end term examination. The  end term examination will be conducted through National Testing Agency (NTA).

Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : Self Paced
Category :
  • Agricultural and Food Engineering
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Publishing Weeks



Module 1: Solar Energy and its Application


Module 2: Solar Water Pump and its components


Module 3: Operation Maintenance and Safety



Books and references

AURORE. 2016. Best practices in solar water pumping. Manual Published by Auroville Renewal Energy (AuroRE) CSR Office  Auroshipam, Auroville 650 101 (Tamil Nadu). Pp 1-46.

Jagan Nath Shrestha, Ajay Kumar Jha and Rajendra Karki. 2014. Training Manual on Solar PV Pumping System. Published by GRID Nepal in joint venture with Center for Energy Studies Institute of Engineering, TU. Pp 1-170.

Jeff Kenna and Bill Gillett. 1985. Solar Water Pumping-A Handbook. Intermediate Technology Publications, 103/105 Southampton Row, London WC14 HH. Pp 1-134.

Model Scheme on Solar Photovoltaic Pumping System (for farmers without pumpsets). Manual published by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) Head office, Mumbai.

NSW Farmers, GSES, 2015, Solar-powered pumping in agriculture: A guide to system selection and design. NSW Farmers, 2015.

Priyabrata Santra, P.C. Pande, A.K. Singh and Pradeep Kumar. 2016. Solar PV pumping system for irrigation purpose and its economic comparison with grid-connected electricity and diesel operated pumps. Indian Journal of Economics and Development, 4 (4). 1-7. ISSN (online): 2320-9836 and ISSN (Print): 2320-9828.

SNV. 2015. Solar PV Standardised Training Manual. Developed by SNV for the Rural Solar Market Development. Pp 1-98.

Sivanappan, R.K. and Padmakumari, O. 1980. Drip irrigation SVNP Report, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India. Pp. 15.

Instructor bio

Dr. Mukesh Kumar

Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi
Dr. Mukesh Kumar, Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering (Soil and Water Conservation Engineering) is working as Assistant Professor in the School of Agriculture, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi since 2006. His areas of interest include Water Management, Watershed Management, Drip irrigation, Fertigation. He is coordinating distance education programmes in the areas of Water Management, Watershed Management and Production of Value Added Products from Cereals, Pulses and Olseeds. He has published round 25 research papers and 3 book chapters in reputed national and international journals and publications.

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