Last Updated:  09/05/2022

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Project Pitch By: Universal Versatile Society

 

Proposed Project Title


Solar Water Pumps for Village Farmers

 

Thematic Area

Ensuring environmental sustainability, ecological balance, wildlife & natural resources conservation

Sub Thematic Area

Renewable Energy

Project Synopsis

The goal of this solar water pumps project is to source, install, operate and maintain solar water pumps for the ~150 farmers of Nagthana village of Maharashtra. Successful implementation of this project will greatly reduce the energy poverty of the village, vastly improve the mental health of severely stressed farmers, increase the income of farmers through the sale of excess solar energy back into the grid and by producing winter crops, and by providing more energy for use by households in the village. UVS and its team of volunteers (the UVS Team) will serve as a project manager of the solar water pumps project. In this capacity, the UVS Team will create a plan to upskill the farmers and coordinate the project; write, issue and evaluate the responses to an RFP from experienced solar water pump contractors for the design, engineering, procurement, testing and training in the operation of the solar water pumps (the EPC Contract) and their maintenance; oversee the implementation of the EPC contract; and assist in the formulation and execution of one or multiple feed-in contract(s) with MahaDiscom.
 
 
 

Overview of the Proposed Project

Estimated Budget
INR 5.0 Cr and above
Proposed Location
Nagthana, Washim , Maharashtra

Key Project Partners
Government,Gram Panchayat,Companies

Project Status
Proposed
 

Facts

Beneficiary Type (Primary): General
Beneficiary Type (Secondary):
Estimated No. of Beneficiaries: 100 - 500 Families
Status of Baseline Survey: Already Done
 
 
 

Proposed Project Description

UVS and its team of volunteers (the UVS Team) will serve as project managers of the Solar Water Pumps Project. In this capacity, the UVS Team will create a plan to upskill the farmers and coordinate the project. The UVS Team will organize meetings or meet individually with village farmers to describe the project and explain how it will operate. It will determine and oversee all agreements which village farmers may be required to enter into. These include either master or individual agreements with UVS, MahaDiscom, EPC contractors, O&M contractors, etc.

The UVS Team will write, issue and evaluate the responses to an RFP from experienced solar water pump contractors for the design, engineering, procurement, testing, and training in the operation of the solar water pumps (the EPC Contract) and their maintenance (the O&M Contact). The UVS Team will also be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the EPC contract from execution through to the successful operation of the entire solar water pump system. In order to create maximum value from this project, the UVS Team will undertake to conclude one or multiple feed-in contract(s) with MahaDiscom. In this regard, the UVS Team will oversee the establishment of accounting, and billing/payment for solar energy generated, consumed, and sold by each farmer’s solar array.

 
 

Salient Features

  1. Will greatly increase the amount of power available to villagers, who can improve their lives with access to more refrigeration, communication instruments, on-line educational opportunities, etc.
  2. Will help stem the epidemic of farmer suicides by greatly reducing stress on farmers.
  3. Will be an opportunity to teach farmers and villagers about solar energy and train villagers to be solar technicians, and other related jobs.
 

About Universal Versatile Society

Universal Versatile Society (UVS) is a UNEP and UNCCD accredited organization having special consultative status with the UN ECOSOC. Since its inception, UVS is actively engaged in Environment, Education, Health, and Women Empowerment thematic areas through people’s participation in Washim district, Maharashtra. The work of the organization is accompanied by sound fieldwork, research, and monitoring of each activity that was undertaken. With the collection of appropriate data, the organization puts an idea before the people through awareness drives.

 
 

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