The most critical and challenging period in a farmer’s year is August to September ─ the planting season is approaching and after the dry winter months, water is scarce. Erratic rainfall also poses a huge challenge for farmers who need a consistent water supply as many farmers want to plant crops throughout the year.
Moving water to the fields and crops as well as to livestock pens becomes more difficult, since water sources are on their lowest even if they are close by. These are the times when you need extra help and equipment like water pumps to assist you. But water pumps need power and since Zambia is heavily dependent on Zesco and hydroelectric power, which is not always available, for peace of mind it is wise to find alternatives for a more consistent water supply.
You can’t go wrong when investing in proper water pumps and solar power systems from a respectable and renowned supplier. Green Energy is a leading Zambian company that offers anything pertaining to water pumping as well as solar power, batteries and systems needed to go off the grid. They source their products from countries renowned for manufacturing equipment of high standards, such as Italy, Germany, Canada and the United States.
Their quality equipment comes with full back up and service plans and will last much longer than the cheaper varieties, which means that you will save money in the long run. They believe foresight is key. Green Energy’s main focus is on the farming community and medium to large scale farmers are their biggest market. They are making good headway and push hard to inform the farmers about solar systems for pumps.
The team at Green Energy realised that not many people know that solar panel and battery prices have dropped significantly. Now it is actually affordable. They have a system for less than $1 000, which pumps up to 8 000 litres a day, which is more than enough for 99% of medium-scale farmers. The initial capital lay-out for pumps and solar system are relatively huge, but a farmer will recover it within no time if compared to the huge cost of diesel for instance or if compared to the benefit of having consistent supply of water all your round. The payback period is very low and after that, the farmer’s electricity/water use is virtually free of charge.
Green Energy do many projects for medium and large-scale farmers. They have found that there are a very large number of farmers that require water during the day only and have larger existing 3-phase pumps. Green Energy offers the Grundfos RSI pump inverter range that can power up to 37 kW pumps. This is a direct Solar-to-Pump system that’s more affordable for farmers as there is no need for costly battery backup. Green Energy offers training to farmers a couple of times per year to familiarise them with what they are capable of doing with their systems.
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