Assessing the Potential of Microfinanced Solar Water Pumping to Enable Productive Use of Energy in Rural Areas of Burkina Faso

5 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2018

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Yunus Alokore

Viva Energy International Ltd

Daniel Yamegueu Nguewo

Polytechnic University of Valencia - Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering

Giulia Corso

Microenergy International Gmbh

Date Written: July 9, 2018

Abstract

The population in Burkina Faso (BF) is rapidly adopting irrigation to adapt to negative impacts of climate change (CC) like prolonged drought, rainfall variability and desertification. However, due to high initial cost of solar water pumping systems (SWPS), population mainly uses diesel water pumps (DWPs) which accelerate CC. This study aims at assessing the potential of microfinanced SWPS for irrigation in the rural areas of BF. The main SWPS market-segments were identified. It was found that there are three main SWPS market-segments. For each market-segment, AC and DC SWPS with water storage were sized. Profitability analysis was conducted at 5.3% per year interest rate and 20 years system life span. It was found that water storage contributes enormously to SWPS capital cost. Furthermore, the study revealed that using SWPS with water storage to completely replace DWPs not profitable. It was found that replacing water storage with DWP to be used on cloudy days is profitable for all market-segments. Finally, main loan features for SWPS were determined. At 9.5% interest charged on agricultural equipment loans by microfinance institutions in BF, only SWPS for two market-segments can be fully financed through microloan without risk of long PBP (> 13 years).

Keywords: prolonged drought, diesel water pump, climate change adaptation, solar water pump, microfinance

Suggested Citation

Alokore, Yunus and Yamegueu Nguewo, Daniel and Corso, Giulia, Assessing the Potential of Microfinanced Solar Water Pumping to Enable Productive Use of Energy in Rural Areas of Burkina Faso (July 9, 2018). PAUWES Research-2-Practice Forum 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3210682 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3210682

Yunus Alokore (Contact Author)

Viva Energy International Ltd ( email )

Plot 31 Pakwach Road, P. O. Box 460, Arua
Arua
Uganda

Daniel Yamegueu Nguewo

Polytechnic University of Valencia - Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering ( email )

Camino de Vera
Valencia, 46022
Spain

Giulia Corso

Microenergy International Gmbh ( email )

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