BREAK THROUGH OF PRODUCTIVE SOLAR IRRIGATION IN TANZANIA
Power Providers Company Ltd, a Member of Tanzania Renewable Energy Association (TAREA) commissioned 68kWp solar photovoltaic pumping plant at Kibidula near Mafinga Township, Iringa region in Tanzania.
The solar water pumping station consists of 216315Wp modules powering 230kW pumps. The system pumps 1.5 million litres of water per day from a dam to a reservoir 50 vertical meters above the dam. Water flows by gravity to irrigate a privately owned avocado plantation. The plantation is owned by the Seventh Day Adventist Church with strong connections with the local community, especially with regards to the provision of education.
Power Providers has shown the way in using solar photovoltaic technology for commercial irrigation, contributing to the realization of the target of Tanzania becoming an industrial country by 2025.