82 COMPLETED SOLAR IRRIGATION PROJECTS IN 2023 TO AID IN EL NIÑO MITIGATION

March 15, 2024, 9:39 AM

NIA Central Office – A total of 82 solar power-driven pump irrigation projects were completed nationwide by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) headed by Administrator Engr. Eduardo Eddie G. Guillen in 2023.

For CY 2023, there are 150 potential irrigation sites for solar power-driven amounting to Php 1,654,583,000. Of which, NIA already completed the construction of 82 solar power-driven pump irrigation projects amounting to Php 667,957,000 as of December 31, 2023. These projects provide reliable irrigation water supply to 866 hectares of agricultural land nationwide benefitting 1,061 farmers and their families.

As President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. stresses the urgency to institute measures for the impact of the El Niño phenomenon, the NIA looks into harnessing the potential benefits of renewable energy sources in providing irrigation service to help address depleting water supply due to El Niño.

Through solar power-driven pump irrigation projects, the NIA sees that solar irrigation projects can augment the decreasing irrigation water supply from dams and reservoirs during this phenomenon. This innovative technology can also be used in areas where the construction of dams may not be feasible. In installing more solar power-driven pump irrigation projects, these can aid Filipino farmers to boost their harvests.

Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Francisco P. Tiu Laurel, Jr. even emphasized that solar-powered irrigation was among the measures identified to mitigate the effects of El Niño.

In the Ilocos Region, the San Ildefonso Solar Pump Irrigation Project located in Arnap, San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur was completed in December 2023 under the NIA Region I headed by Regional Manager Engr. Danilo V. Gomez. The project now provides irrigation water supply to 15 hectares of agricultural land and benefitting 20 farmers and their families.

Furthermore, the successful completion in 2021 of the Kapatiran Solar Pump Irrigation System in Sampaloc, San Rafael, Bulacan has led to the establishment of two more solar pump irrigation systems in Bulacan in 2023: the BUSPAN Solar Pump Irrigation System in Malamig, Bustos and the ANBUSPA Solar Pump Irrigation System in Tibagan, Bustos. The Kapatiran Solar Pump Irrigation System, which was the pilot solar project of NIA Region III, led by Engr. Josephine B. Salazar, features 115 solar panels with 60 kWp capacity installed on top of its irrigation canal, providing irrigation water supply to 150 hectares of agricultural land in San Rafael, Bulacan and benefiting 114 farmers. Since its operation, there has been a significant reduction of more than half of its Annual Average Electrical Expenses. While, the BUSPAN Solar Pump Irrigation System has a service area of 350 hectares and 320 farmer-beneficiaries, while the ANBUSPA Solar Pump Irrigation System irrigates 1,200 hectares of farmland and benefits 1,000 farmers and their families.

In the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), 21 solar pump irrigation projects (SPIP) were completed under NIA CAR Regional Manager Engr. Benito Espique, Jr. in 2023. These projects were strategically located in different areas of the region, with nine situated in the Province of Abra, two in West Apayao Abulug Irrigation System (WAAIS), seven in Kalinga, and one at the Upper Chico River Irrigation System-Mallig, Isabela area. Two solar projects in Apayao and Kalinga were funded under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program-Irrigation Component (CARP-IC) now serving 87 hectares. The total allocation of P106.9 million under NIA’s Establishment of Groundwater Pump Irrigation Project Solar Power-Driven Pump Irrigation Projects (EGPIP-Solar) fund has enabled the operation of 19 solar projects,  now benefitting a total area of 253 hectares with 365 farmers.

The Santor Rizal Solar Pump Irrigation Project (SPIP) Phase II in Rizal, Kalinga is one of the 21 solar pump projects completed by NIA CAR in 2023. Funded under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program-Irrigation Component (CARP-IC), the Santor Rizal SPIP Phase II generated new area of 72 hectares and benefitting 60 farmers and their families.

As the NIA continues its ventures for solar power-driven irrigation projects to irrigate lands free from the burden of shouldering high fuel costs, the Agency sees the potential of solar irrigation projects in mitigating the effects of El Niño and in supporting the agricultural development of the country. 

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BUSPAN Solar Pump Irrigation System with service area of 350 hectares and 320 farmer-beneficiaries located in Malamig, Bustos, Bulacan 

ANBUSPA Solar Pump Irrigation System situated in Tibagan, Bustos, Bulacan irrigating 1,200 hectares of farmland and benefitting 1,000 farmers and their families 

Santor Rizal Solar Pump Irrigation Project (SPIP) Phase II in Rizal, Kalinga generated new area of 72 hectares with 60 farmer-beneficiaries 

San Ildefonso Solar Pump Irrigation Project located in Arnap, San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur with service area of 15 hectares and benefitting 20 farmers and their families 

Kapatiran Solar Pump Irrigation System at AMRIS North Main Canal in Sampaloc, San Rafael, Bulacan