Solar PV water pumps

The operation of solar powered pumps is more economical mainly due to the lower operation and maintenance costs and has less environmental impact than pumps powered by an internal combustion engine (ICE). Solar pumps are useful where grid electricity is unavailable and alternative sources (in particular wind) do not provide sufficient energy. Common uses of solar photovoltaic (PV) pumps are in potable water supply and livestock watering, particularly in arid and semi-arid areas which often have very high levels of insulation year round. The ability of solar PV pumps to work throughout the year can improve the resilience of the water sector to climate change.

Climate Related Risk

Changes in precipitation, Change in water quantity table, Drought, Drying trend

Form of Option


Country of Origin

Argentina, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda


Households, Resource-dependent people (e.g. farmers, fishers, miners)


The option has been identified and implemented with indication that it will continue beyond the context of the project.

Institution / Legal Reach

Change in norms or ways of doing things