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  • Building a distribution network for the Sunflower Solar Pump in Kenya

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    According to the UN FAO lack of access to affordable irrigation is the number one factor keeping 400 million farmers in poverty. The Sunflower Solar Pump is a simple renewable-powered irrigation device with the potential to displace millions of fossil fuel irrigation pumps globally. For farmers who are irrigating manually or not at all and for small commercial farmers looking for alternatives to expensive fossil fuel pumps it offers a compelling economic case.

  • Solar-Powered Irrigation in Kenya: SunCulture

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    With the tremendous solar potential in Kenya and the maturity of PV and electric pump technology, the agricultural sector, including smallholder-level farms, is an ideal candidate for rapid growth, improving crop yields, productivity and farmer income while avoiding massive amounts of GHG Emissions. 

  • Solar-Powered Irrigation in Kenya: Futurepump

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    Agriculture is the lifeblood of Kenya’s economy. To reduce poverty in the country, Kenya must improve its agricultural production, generate employment and prosperity, and feed a growing population. Irrigation is a key element of agrifood development, but current diesel-powered irrigation pumps are highly polluting and carbon intensive.

    Futurepump, has developed a new model to enable smallholder farmers in Kenya to adopt sustainable irrigation solutions with a proprietary solar powered irrigation pump, combined with a finance programme that allows for flexible payments.

  • Renewable Energy Farming Solutions in Nicaragua:Tecnosol

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    Nicaragua is an energy-poor and agriculture-dependent country. While the cattle and dairy sector is a dominating force among the country’s agricultural sectors, its productive output is remarkably low compared to that of neighbouring countries. Inefficient herding and farm management leads to hygiene issues, high loss of livestock and low production. Most small scale farmers lack access to modern energy. The sector is in dire need of productivity improvements to remain competitive in the region. 

  • Record Breaking Year for Renewable Energy: More renewable energy capacity for less money

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    REN21 published its Renewables 2017 Global Status Report (GSR), the most comprehensive annual overview of the state of renewable energy. 

    Additions in installed renewable power capacity set new records in 2016, with 161 gigawatts (GW) installed, increasing total global capacity by almost 9% over 2015, to nearly 2,017 GW. Solar PV accounted for around 47% of the capacity added, followed by wind power at 34% and hydropower at 15.5%. 

  • Innovative Use of Heat-Pumps and Solar Panels

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    The housing company Karlskronahem has eliminated oil from its heating systems by installing a number of different types of heat-pumps in innovative ways. One installation involves the installation of air-to-water heat pumps in the attic of apartment buildings that supply heat down to an external temperature of five degrees. The air in the ventilation is recycled through the system for heat recovery. The company has also installed solar panels for electricity production in order to become more self sufficient in terms of energy.

  • Pit Emptying Systems

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    Pit Emptying Systems

    This fact sheet describes the main technology categories used for emptying on-site sanitation facilities, whilst highlighting their benefits and disadvantages.