First solar irrigation system in Luzon is now operational
The first solar-powered irrigation system in Luzon called Caridad Norte and Sur Solar-Powered Irrigation System (SPIS) is now operational after its successful initial testing, a report cited by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol showed.
Located in Llanera, Nueva Ecija, the irrigation system was implemented by Department of Agriculture (DA) to improve the rice production in the highland rainfed areas of the municipality.
The P7-million project, which was installed by R.U. Foundry and Machine Shop Corporation (RUFMSC), is expected to benefit more than a hundred rice farmers that are members of the Caridad Norte and Sur Irrigators Association (CNSIA).
According to the report, the Caridad Norte and Sur SPIS is composed of 140 Lorentz solar panels, a 40-horsepower Lorentz submersible pump, state-of-the-art electronic control devices, highly reliable flow meter gauge, concrete storage tank, and irrigation distribution pipelines.
The facility can also irrigate some 50 to 70 hectares of ricelands, in a rotation basis, in the barangays of Caridad Norte and Caridad Sur, which formerly depended on rainwater only.