SURAT: Solar power panel helps a farmer to run completely submersible pumps at his five plants in different locations in Palsana taluka of Surat region at affordable cost. Solar power board technology has appeared as an alternative to conventional energy connection in village industry. Instead of suitable panels at five locations, Jitendra Patel, a cultivator in Umbhel towns, has got a board fixed to nourish a 5 hp (HP) pump in the trailer of his tractor.
He said, “This Solar panel helps me run my pump and illustrate water from everywhere I want during daytime. I just require taking it to the mark. I no more need to depend on the straight electricity which is supplied in the night to water my farms.”
Patel has incur a onetime cost of Rs 8 lakh on the solar panel. Against this, the yearly electricity bill is Rs 10 lakh.
Many farmers of Dudhala village in Amreli district in Saurashtra, too, use solar energy. They have been irrigating their 1,600 bighas of land with the help of solar power.
“At least 10 farmers have built-in solar panels in their farms in Amreli. We had fitted six rooftop panels for the farmers to run 5 and 3 HP pumps,” said Iswar Dholakiya of Goldi Green Technologies that manufactures and supplies solar roof top panels.
Farmers across the state are forced to depend on night supply of electricity to run their pumps. This sometimes damage crops because excess water is pumped out because of darkness.
“For farmers, first investment in this technology is disquiet. Still many have gone for it when they found that it was cheaper in the long term than the usual electricity,” district agriculture officer G C Acharya said.
Dhiru Patel of Kamrej has also installed a rooftop solar power panel in his farm. This helps run his two pumps of 3 HP capacities. “We ask farmers to go for roof top solar panel as it is cheaper and not troublesome,” Acharya said.