PV-Integrated Drip Irrigation and Fertigation Systems

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Project title

PV-Integrated Drip Irrigation and Fertigation Systems

Project country/region

☐ East Asia & Pacific
☐ Europe & Central Asia
☐ Latin America & The Carribean
Middle East & North Africa - Jordan, Lebanon
☐ North America
☐ South Asia
☐ Sub-Saharan Africa

Project organisation

Institute for University Cooperation (ICU) (Italy)

Project description


ICU will install a drip irrigation system powered by PV solar energy at pilot farms. The system supports fertigation, which provides the possibility of fertilizer distribution through the irrigation system. Farmers will be supported in accessing to financing for the installation of the system. The CES will provide a complete package for purchase and installation, including training and access to knowledgeable extension agents and companies’ staff.


The project will provide energy savings, as farmers will rely on photovoltaic systems for their irrigation energy needs, taking advantage of the 300+ sunny days in their areas. The limited water resources will be saved and used in a more efficient manner. More precise application of fertilizers will make their use more effective, and reduce the amount introduced into the environment. Farmers will benefit from increased and higher quality crop production and the associated increase in revenue.


The Institute for University Cooperation (ICU) was established in 1966, and is recognized as an NGO for development cooperation by the European Commission and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. ICU has extensive experience in agriculture, water management, and the environmental sector. ICU has partnered with Nur Solar Systems in Jordan, and Mena Solar in Lebanon. Nur Solar Systems is a leading Jordanian solar systems manufacturing company; Mena Solar specializes in solar energy systems, with a particular expertise in photovoltaics.

Institute for University Cooperation (ICU) (Italy) participated successfully in the PAEGC Initiative (https://poweringag.org/) and was with its project 'PV-Integrated Drip Irrigation and Fertigation Systems' among the winners of 2015.

Project related to following sources of energy


☐ Biomass

☐ Biofuel

☐ Biogas

☐ Wind

☐ Geo-Thermal

☐ Hydro

☐ Energy Efficiency

☐ Other: /

Project primarily related to the following Commodity Groups


☐ Fruits and vegetables

☐ Nuts and berries

☐ Forage

☐ Dairy products

☐ Meat products

☐ Oil Seeds

☐ Roots and Tubers

☐ Eggs

☐ Pulses

☐ Fiber Crops

☐ Forestry

☐ Sugars

☐ Stimulants

☐ Spices

Other: Horticulture

Project primarily related to the following Agricultural Value Chain Steps

☐ Mechanization

Efficiency of Operation

☐ Processing

☐ Transportation

☐ Controlled Atmosphere

☐ Controlled Temperature

☐ Mechanical Sorting

☐ Preservation

Other: Irrigation

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