NIA-CAR completes 21 solar irrigation projects in 2023

The Santor Rizal Solar Pump Irrigation Project (SPIP) Phase II in Rizal, Kalinga is one of the 21 solar pump projects completed by NIA-CAR in 2023. Funded under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program-Irrigation Component (CARP-IC), the Santor Rizal SPIP Phase II generated new area of 72 hectares with 60 farmers.

LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET – A total of 21 solar pump irrigation projects (SPIP) were completed by the National Irrigation Administration-Cordillera Administrative Region (NIA-CAR) in 2023, according to Regional Manager Benito Espique, Jr.

With a total allocation of P106.9 million under NIA’s Establishment of Groundwater Pump Irrigation Project Solar Power-Driven Pump Irrigation Projects (EGPIP-Solar) fund, 19 of these completed solar projects now benefit a total area of 253 hectares with 365 farmers.

Nine of these solar irrigation projects are located in the Province of Abra, two are in West Apayao Abulug Irrigation System (WAAIS), seven are in Kalinga and one at the Upper Chico River Irrigation System-Mallig, Isabela area.

Two solar projects in Apayao and Kalinga are funded under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program-Irrigation Component (CARP-IC) amounting to P30.87 million and now serving 87 hectares.

According to Engr. Espique, the solar irrigation projects are usually implemented in areas with higher elevation than the source of water, or in areas where the nearest possible source of water is underground.

A solar irrigation project uses the power of the sun to move water, without the need for grid power or diesel, which equates to thousand in annual savings in operation.

The projects usually involve the installation of solar panels with submersible pumps, construction of pumphouse, reservoir tanks or lined canals and canalization works.

Aside from these 21 completed SPIPs, two SPIPs also funded in 2023 are still ongoing and are targeted to be completed early this 2024.

In 2022, NIA-CAR implemented 23 solar powered irrigation projects.

Photo Caption: The Santor Rizal Solar Pump Irrigation Project (SPIP) Phase II in Rizal, Kalinga is one of the 21 solar pump projects completed by NIA-CAR in 2023. Funded under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program-Irrigation Component (CARP-IC), the Santor Rizal SPIP Phase II generated new area of 72 hectares with 60 farmers.