The project aims to support the adoption of solar PV technology for water pumping for irrigation in agriculture in Sudan, particularly in the North State. Adoption of renewable energies has been identified as a priority in Sudan, as is reduction of dependence on fossil fuels which are imported. The application of solar PV to pumping has been on a relatively limited scale globally, but is seeing increased commercial interest in the past years. Solar PV technology in general is not widespread in Sudan.
The project includes four components: the development of pilot projects as a demonstration of the viability of the technology and an accompanying financing mechanism for continued finance of projects; development of standards and guidelines to promote quality and sustainability of water pumping; development of a NAMA to support solar water pumping; and developing a supporting environment to encourage scaling up and further replication.
The project aims to help Sudan and Sudanese farmers reduce their reliance on fossil fuels, reduce their cost of production (via decreased diesel expenditures), increase the sustainability of water use, and increase their income. Give that agriculture is a main component of the economy in Sudan, the project will help increase Sudan’s energy security and decouple its GDP from fluctuations in fossil fuel prices and availability. The project has been designed to play a catalytic role in the transformational scaling up of solar power for productive use in Sudan’s agricultural sector.