Samar town solar-powered irrigation operational soon

Samar town solar-powered irrigation operational soon

TACLOBAN CITY – The solar power irrigation system (SPIS) project will soon be operational in a farming village in San Jorge, Samar after its testing has shown positive result, the Department of Agriculture (DA) reported on Tuesday.

Francis Rosaroso, DA regional information officer said in a phone interview that the SPIS project has undergone the required process, starting from area identification, proponent selection, survey, and validation, including a proper endorsement from various local stakeholders to construction, and installation.

On Nov. 5, the project in Bulao village passed the test conducted by the Agricultural Machinery Testing and Evaluation Center.

The 48-kilowatt peak solar-powered project is expected to supply water to rice fields before the year ends.

“As observed, the project has the capacity to serve water up to a maximum of 150 hectares of agricultural areas. The total additional hectares of irrigated areas in this part of the region is certainly a welcome development for Samar farmers,” Rosaroso said.

The system can fill a 200-liter container in just two seconds, the project developer RK Energy said in a social media post, citing test results.

The project in San Jorge town, 144 kilometers north of this city, is part of the PHP44 billion SPIS project nationwide, targeting to bring a stable supply of water to 500,000 hectares of farmlands.

SPIS uses the concept of tapping the heat of the sun to generate power to run water pumps to irrigate the fields is not new, according to the farm department.

In the country, SPIS was embraced by the DA only after President Rodrigo Duterte endorsed it in March 2017. (PNA)

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