TAF Pilot Assessment by Netwas (U) and WaterAid Uganda

solar-ugThe solar photovoltaic (pv) panels convert the sun’s energy into electricity. The electricity powers a submersible pump, which pumps water from a borehole up to a storage tank. The water is then gravity-fed through pipes to taps where people collect it. Solar panels are either mounted on frames or on poles and are positioned to receive maximum sunlight.

  • Solar powered water pumping has great potential in Uganda if full lifecycle costs can be better understood and external support to schemes can be strengthened. Solar offers great promise and improvements to its cost effectiveness and efficiency are ongoing.
  • The SWUWS support model has helped to keep schemes running and is a good template for sustainability of solar pumping nationally if it can be replicated. It has helped scheme operators to access credit and quality components.