Proper water management key to viability of solar-powered irrigation systems
This article by Bizcommunity explores the viability and options available for solar powered irrigation systems (SPIS). It also includes several links to further information, including an online Toolbox on Solar-Powered Irrigation Systems and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
The best business cases has previously been seen in rural areas were there are no existing energy infrastructure and access to diesel is limited - this has been key factors in the uptake of SPIS is developing countries. However, SPIS is becoming increasingly viable at a commercial scale as technology costs decreases and costs for energy from coal and petroleum increase.