An analysis of solar energy and irrigation systems in Turkey

Senol R.

ENERGY POLICY, vol.47, pp.478-486, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 47
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.enpol.2012.05.049
  • Title of Journal : ENERGY POLICY
  • Page Numbers: pp.478-486


Pumping water is considered a common need all around the world. Standalone PV technologies are being increasingly used for midsize pumping applications. PV powered pumping systems offer simplicity, reliability, and low maintenance for irrigation systems. PV powered pump is particularly appropriate for water supply in remote areas where no electricity grid is available. In this paper, the technical and economical feasibility of photovoltaic pumping of water in Turkey has been studied. Here, the study has focused on small and medium-size mobile applications using energy and water-conserving forms of drip irrigation to apple orchard on up to 0.5 ha of land in Egirdir District. Life cycle cost (LCC) method has been applied to determine the economic life of the PV modules, and the diesel pumping in Turkey taken as 25 years. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.