With only 66% of the farmlands in Pangasinan irrigated, the government is helping to bring more solar power systems to the province to generate water for these farms.
National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Provincial Manager Gaudencio de Vera said farmers have begun to turn to the solar-powered irrigation system (SPIS) that the agency introduced to replace expensive diesel pumps.
The technology consists of solar panels, pumps, electronic pump controllers, storage tanks, and conveyor systems. De Vera said the system is more cost-effective than the fuel-powered irrigation pumps due to rising diesel costs.
“[The SPIS] can last for up to 25 years as long as the solar panels are well-maintained. Only the batteries have to be changed every two years,” De Vera told a forum here on Friday.
The NIA has completed a system in Barangay Pacuan, Malasiqui to irrigate 25 hectares of cornfields. The system has five stations, each with ten panels capable of irrigating between 3 and 5 hectares of land.