CAIRO: A total of 102 groundwater wells located in Egypt’s most southern city of Toshka will operate by solar-powered pumping stations for irrigation purposes; Aswan Governor Mostafa Yousri was quoted by Youm7 Saturday.
“The new technique is scheduled to help irrigate 26 acres in the remote areas where electricity supply is not available,” Yousri said, adding that the new stations will assist in the implementation of the 1.5 million feddans project announced by the Egyptian presidency.
The solar-powered pumping stations, with a generating capacity of 37 kilowatts each, will be initially installed in 50 groundwater wells at first, he added.
In October, Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Hossam Moghazy visited Aswan to give the go-ahead to Egypt’s first solar-powered underground water pumping station.
Due to Toshka’s remote location, the new station will use sunlight to pump water from Lake Nasser to irrigate agricultural land on the two banks of the Toshka New Valley project, instead of relying on running an outside power line to the area, Moghazy was quoted as saying by Al Ahram.
Egypt’s electricity sector has adopted plans to cover 20 percent of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020, amid efforts to procure energy for running power plants.
Rolling blackouts in Egypt have become routine in the past few years, especially during the peak usage season in the summer, a crisis largely attributed to fuel shortages.
In March, the government announced the inauguration of the first solar power plant in Siwa Oasis in the Western Desert of Egypt, as part of aid projects granted by the United Arab Emirates to provide electricity to some 243 villages and cities in Egypt.