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1 Solar Photovoltaic Water Pumping A permanent solution to the Small farmers problems Lt. Co. T.S. Surendra (Retd) Managing Director Polyene Film Industries Ltd /A, Begumpet Hyderabad India

2 1 NEED OF SMALL FARMERS 2 PROBLEMS WITH GRID POWER AND OIL ENGINES 3 SOLAR PV WATER PUMPING FOR IRRIGATION 4 FEEDBACK FROM THE FIELD & STUDIES CONDUCTED 5 OUR PROPOSAL FOR 600 SPV PUMPING SYSTEMS UPTO SEP ECONOMICS AND FINANCING MECHANISM 7 CONCLUSION The Presentation

3 Typical land holding between 3-5 acres The number of crops grown are usually one or two per year. Main obstacle to increase in number of crops is non-availability of power for irrigation. The sources of irrigation are canals, tanks, wells and rain. The wells used are either shallow open wells or deep bore wells depending on the water table in the area 1.1 million open wells dug for small farmers in the past few years as part of the employment generating Million Well Scheme (MWS) In AP, it is estimated that there at least 20,000 open wells awaiting energisation The Irrigation Requirements of a Small Farmer

4 Imperative need to conserve water especially ground water. Our progressive State Govt. deserve kudos for water shed development, rain harvesting and other programs. Over-exploitation of the ground water, as done with electric pumps and oil engines, has to be obviated. Electrical energy generation costs are progressively increasing with tariff increases becoming inevitable. The demand for electrical energy is far outstripping supply, especially in the agricultural sector, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to meet this exponential growth in demand. The per capita energy consumption is often considered a veritable index of the economic well being of a Nation. Increasingly difficult for the Government to continue subsidies to the agriculture sector in view of rising costs of generation, T & D with simultaneous (exponential) growth of demand. It would be cost-prohibitive for the Government to extend utility grid power to remote areas especially to meet agriculture loads. T & D losses and and rampant pilferage of power. To deliver about 3600 kWh of energy to the pump motor, almost 7000 kWh of energy would have to be generated concomitant loss of revenue to the Electricity Board. Grid power unreliable and of poor quality leading to motor burn outs etc. A coal-based thermal power station would generate 1.6 kg of CO 2 emission for every kWh of electric energy generated. Oil engines have problems of logistics, rising fuel cost and much higher O & M costs. There is a paramount need for a power source that is de-centralised, modular, energy efficient and reliable. PROBLEMS WITH GRID SUPPLY

5 WHY SOLAR PV PUMPING SYSTEMS ? Require no fuel, are quick, pollution free & require little or no maintenance. Pump best in sunny weather when need for water is greatest. Systems are modular, expandable. Pump may be installed with half sized solar electric array to deliver half volume. Later can be expanded to full capacity. Most economical when combined with water conservation techniques such as drip irrigation & night time distribution of (day time pumped & stored) water. Decentralized system avoids any unnecessary expenditure on T & D networks i.e. a Solar pump is energy efficient. The 1.1 million shallow open wells dug under the Million Well Scheme are ideally suited for SPV pumping systems. Lend themselves to optimum exploitation of scarce ground water. A 900Wp (peak watts) PV-powered DC floating pump (Polyene make) operating the whole day can be equated to a 3HP electrical pump set, generally inefficient, pumping for about 4 hours when power may be available

6 Examples of Solar Pump Configurations (a) Submerged motor/ pump set(b) Submerged pump with surface motor (c) Floating motor/ pump set(d) Surface pump with surface motor

7 PHOTOVOLTAIC PUMPING SYSTEMS PV array to convert the Solar light Energy to DC Electricity Mounting structure to support the array (for eg. of aluminum on RCC pillars). Motor and pump system. Storage and distribution system to deliver water to point of use Protection devices - earthing, lightning & surge suppression. Cables & Junction boxes MAIN COMPONENTS

8 A high efficiency permanent magnet DC motor with efficiency from 85% - 89% from part load to full load. The single stage centrifugal pump is specially designed for Indian conditions. It is a zero suction pump i.e. the floating pump assumes the level of water at all times with pump parts below water level. Being a zero suction pump, it does not have suction head limitations as in the case of DC surface suction pumps. The pump requires no foot valve. It has no priming problems. The wire to water efficiency of the system is in excess of 60%. UNIQUE ADVANTAGES OF THE POLYENE FLOATING PUMP

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10 Case Studies Technical performance, customer utilization & local organizational support Customer benefits and changes in cropping patterns

11 Case Studies 1. ASCI Study - An evaluation study of all installed SPV systems, supported by MNES. Polyenes DC floating pump SPV systems were considered the best installed in terms of performance and farmer satisfaction. 2.NABARD Study - was based on Polyenes floating pump system. The study concluded that Solar PV pumping systems were ideally suited for small farmers and further established that such systems were economically viable. Salient features of the study carried out in AP (Nellore) are high-lighted in subsequent frames. 3.WINROCK INTERNATIONAL (INDIA) Study - commended the performance and financial models adopted by Polyene and concluded that the programme has vast potential. 4.SOLAR DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION - Visit of International Team. Their observations are reproduced below: We were impressed by PFIs technical capabilities and attention to servicing requirements. We were further impressed by the vision and commitment of your staff to harnessing the Suns energy to achieve high social impacts. PFI certainly achieves the most water pumping value for the dollar of any PV-based operation I know, anywhere. Personally, we would like to see PFI continue and expand its valuable operations. NOTE: The Polyene Group have so far installed more than 200 DC floating Solar pumping systems over the past 6 years, as demonstration. About 120 of these systems have been installed in Andhra Pradesh in the districts of Chittoor, Nellore, Mahabubnagar and Prakasam for the benefit of small farmers belonging to the disadvantaged classes.

12 Increase in income after SPV Pumping System * * - Source: NABARD report based on SPV pumping systems installed by PFI

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14 NABARD RECOMMENDATIONS FIELD VISIT OBSERVATIONS (SALIENT) *In A.P., it takes 2 to 7 years for well energisation from utility power. *Problem of Voltage fluctuation causing burn out of Motors & Non availability of supply at peak period. *In A.P. Power Tariff has gone up to Rs.1800/- /Year/HP. *Cost of Diesel has increased to Rs.12 / litre (Now Rs.16 / Litre) resulting in uneconomic agricultural production. *Situation above has enthused many farmers including small to opt for solar pump set. FINANCIAL VIABILITY *Financial Viability Analysis (ANNR) for different farm models indicate IRR > 25% justifying loan assistance upto Rs.30,000. CONTRIBUTION FROM FARMERS *Economic Analysis shows that loans of Rs.10,000/- to Rs.30,000/- at normal rate of interest is viable and could be supported *If loan not extended to farmer, latter has to spend Rs.8,400/- / year for Diesel or wait 5 years for power supply - both of which not Economical *Saving in operating cost by using SPV pumps. Net saving Rs.8000 / year by replacing Diesel set. FIELD VISIT OBSERVATIONS (SALIENT) *In A.P., it takes 2 to 7 years for well energisation from utility power. *Problem of Voltage fluctuation causing burn out of Motors & Non availability of supply at peak period. *In A.P. Power Tariff has gone up to Rs.1800/- /Year/HP. *Cost of Diesel has increased to Rs.12 / litre (Now Rs.16 / Litre) resulting in uneconomic agricultural production. *Situation above has enthused many farmers including small to opt for solar pump set. FINANCIAL VIABILITY *Financial Viability Analysis (ANNR) for different farm models indicate IRR > 25% justifying loan assistance upto Rs.30,000. CONTRIBUTION FROM FARMERS *Economic Analysis shows that loans of Rs.10,000/- to Rs.30,000/- at normal rate of interest is viable and could be supported *If loan not extended to farmer, latter has to spend Rs.8,400/- / year for Diesel or wait 5 years for power supply - both of which not Economical *Saving in operating cost by using SPV pumps. Net saving Rs.8000 / year by replacing Diesel set.

15 PROPOSAL Install 600 nos. of 900 Wp (peak watts) SPV DC Floating pumps for irrigation upto Sep, 2001 in the districts of Nellore, Prakasam and Mahabubnagar. The target customers will be small farmers belonging to the disadvantaged classes (SC and ST) owning open CI wells. Based on the success of this program, expand the project to 10,000 pumping systems constituted of a judicious mix if Solar PV floating and submersible pumping systems. The installed price per 900Wp system is Rs.2,68,795/- (including insurance for the first year) and for 600 systems is Rs.16,12,77,000/-. AP State Government is requested to contribute on behalf of these small farmers a sum of Rs.80,000/- per Solar pumping system i.e. a total of Rs.4.8 crores in the two year period ( and )

16 FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

17 MANUFACTURE, INSTAL & MAINTAIN POLYENE FILM INDUSTRIES LTD FINANCIAL INTERMEDIARY FUNDING AGENCIES WORLD BANK/ IREDA CUSTOMER Soft loan 10 Year repayment Installation and maintenance for 10 years Payment for SPV system Lease Rentals MNES subsidy available in the National Program Soft loan covers up to 90% of system cost minus subsidy, at interest of 2.5% p.a. 10% of the costs will be borne by a promoter. Lease rentals & maintenance charges. These may be – Annual payments or – onetime upfront payment The FI pays the supplier the full price of the system.

18 Existing Funding Schemes

19 Benefits to the Government Saves additional generating capacity of 1.7 kW per pump set (assuming diversity factor of 4:1). Or 1.02 MW for 600 pump sets. Saving on transmission & distribution networks and associated problems A total saving of Rs. 6.7 crores to 13.3 crores for supporting 600 Solar PV pumpsets Earn revenue by diverting energy to industry. Increase in food production from small farmers Decrease of rural to urban migration in summer Avoid CO 2 emission of 6720 tons per year from a generating power station ( tons in 20 years) for 600 pumps.

20 Benefits to farmer Farmer gets a high value, high discharge pumping system for a one time up-front amount that is less than a third of the actual price. No fuel costs & minimal maintenance costs (up to Rs. 600/ yr). More economical than diesel pump sets in the long run. Where no pumping system exists at present, –the SPV system enables cultivation of an extra crop. –Saves time and labour –improves general quality of life with higher levels of income Extra crop enables easy repayment loan taken for installing system

21 ECONOMICS OF ELECTRICAL Vs SOLAR PV PUMPING - 1 Pattern of electricity consumption percentage in the past 20 years (%) in AP : Year Domestic Agriculture Industry (LT + HT)

22 Sale of GRID POWER (LT) in the past 20 years (MU) in AP : Year Domestic Agriculture Industry (LT) ECONOMICS OF ELECTRICAL Vs SOLAR PV PUMPING - 2

23 Statistics for the year DomesticIndustry Agriculture Sale of Grid Power (LT) in million units : Revenue from Sale in Rs. Crores : Energization of Pumpsets (Cumulative, 98-99) : Price per unit (In Rs.): Cost of service per unit : Revenue Loss per unit/ Subsidised Price : Energy consumed per pump setin kWh Cost of service per agricultural pumpset Loss of revenue to the govt. per pump set Consumers Connected LoadPer head / Unit (MW)Load in Watts Domestic Agriculture Industry (LT) ECONOMICS OF ELECTRICAL Vs SOLAR PV PUMPING - 3

24 How much would the AP Govt. save by not energising a pump set consuming 5234 kWh annually?Rs. 1. Cost to serve1,41,7361,41,736 (NPV over 20 discount rate, which is the normal life of the PV power source) 2. Capital investment50,0001,60,000 (Figures vary from Rs.50,000/- to Rs.1,60,000/-) 3. Revenue gained by divertingnot factored innot factored in energy to more lucrative sectors Total1,91,7363,01,736 By contributing Rs.80,000/- and opting for a Solar pumping system, Govt. saves Rs.1,11,736/- to Rs. 2,21,736/- per pumping system ECONOMICS OF ELECTRICAL Vs SOLAR PV PUMPING - 4

25 Comparison of Life Cycle Costs

26 CONCLUSION While the beginning of the 20th century heralded the era of fossil fuels, the dawn of the 21st century is noticing a perceptible shift away from fossil fuels and towards renewables. Solar Photovoltaics is expected to play a big part in the renewable energy effort of the current century. Andhra Pradesh should take the lead in promoting this pollution-free, reliable, energy-efficient and sustainable technology for the benefit of the small farmers. In our state of AP, under the able stewardship of our Honble C.M. Sri N. Chandrababu Naidu Garu, a holistic / integrated approach for irrigation is already under implementation - Water shed development, Rain harvesting, Water conservation and advice to farmers on appropriate agricultural practices. This is where Solar Photovoltaic water pumping would assume relevance for optimum exploitation of the ground water resource and serving the small/marginal farmers for all time to come.


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