MNRE is planning to push indigenously developed solar water pumps across the world using International Solar Alliance Platform.
“Many countries are not even aware of solar pumps, we are planning pilot programmes in about 15-20 countries at our own cost, explaining their benefits and exporting about 100 pumps to each of them ” said Upendra Tripathy, secretary, ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE).
Mr. Upendra Tripathy is also the chairperson of the interim administrative cell of International Solar Alliance (ISA).
India is a world leader in solar water pump use for both irrigation and drinking water, with about 62,000 pumps operating across the country. Of which, 13, 964 pumps were sold under MNRE’s Solar Pumping Programme for Irrigation and Drinking Water.
Solar pumps can be used by farmers as substitute for diesel and electric pumps for irrigation.
Solar pumps of 2-5 HP cost around Rs 3-5 lakh, whilw a 2-5 HP diesel pump, for example, costs Rs 20,000-50,000, but the cost of diesel in running it even for a single year is often greater than the cost of the pump.
There are 19 solar pump manufacturers in India and about 60-70 companies sell them.
“If asked for, we can also provide training in solar pump manufacture. We can have technical collaborations through the National Institute of Solar Energy or other institutions,” he added.
International Solar Alliance is an initiative of India and France together. ISA is an alliance of 121 solar resource rich countries lying fully or partially between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn.