Council on Energy, Environment and Water Integrated | International | Independent
National Dialogue
Solar for Irrigation in India

18 Jan 2018   |   1000 - 1600

Organised by CEEW, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF), Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

About the Event

In collaboration with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, CEEW organised the first National Dialogue on ‘Solar for Irrigation in India’. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog delivered the keynote address and released three CEEW studies on solar pumps, capturing three years of research on the subject.

The Dialogue brought together multiple stakeholders including researchers, policymakers, financiers, entrepreneurs, and farmers to share their respective experiences and synthesise a way forward for scaling sustainable deployment of solar for irrigation. One of the major highlights of the Dialogue was the live demonstration of a trolley and rickshaw-mounted mobile solar pump, deployed by Claro Energy as a pumping service in Bihar. The opening panel discussion featured grassroots stakeholders - farmers, NGO representatives, and sales representatives of manufacturers.

Delivering the keynote address, Mr Kant, said, “Solar pumps can strengthen Indian agriculture by fulfilling unmet irrigation needs while reducing the burden of subsidies on the government and increasing farmers’ resilience to climate change. To scale-up solar pumps, we must strive to create bottom-up demand by focusing on technology demonstration and raising awareness levels among farmers. I congratulate CEEW and Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation on the release of these studies. These are policy pertinent research studies and present actionable recommendations."

He also released three reports ‘Adopting Solar for Irrigation: Farmers' Perspectives from Uttar Pradesh', ‘Solar for Irrigation: A Comparative Assessment of Deployment Strategies’, and ‘Financing Solar for Irrigation in India: Risks, Challenges, and Solutions’ at the Dialogue.

Key Discussion Points

  • Last mile challenges in sustainable deployment of solar for irrigation.
  • Understanding various deployment approaches from the perspectives of social, economic, and environmental sustainability.
  • Risks and opportunities in financing solar-based irrigation systems.
  • The way forward for solar- based irrigation – policy and pathways towards sustainable deployment.

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Riddhima Sethi

Communications Associate


Key Speakers

  • Amitabh Kant

    CEO, NITI Aayog

  • Krishan Dhawan

    CEO, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF)

  • Marylaure Crettaz

    Head, Swiss Cooperation Office and Counsellor

  • Abhishek Jain

    Senior Programme Lead, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)

  • Gaurav Kumar

    Co-founder and Director, Claro Energy

  • Shalu Agrawal

    ISEP Research Associate, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies