ClimateSmart™ Solar Energy System
ClimateSmart is a solar-powered irrigation kit for prediction and precision farming purposes.
The ClimateSmart™ Solar Energy System designed by SunCulture is an energy management system with a Lithium-ion battery, solar panels, and MPPT charging capabilities. The system can be used to power lights and TV’s, charge phones. The ClimateSmart system is sold as a bundle with a RainMaker2 pump, and is intended to power and monitor the water pump for crop irrigation.
This product is implemented directly to consumers in Africa by SunCulture.
912.73 – 1184.67 USD (97,000 – 125,900 KES)Converted June 2020
Competitors include the Azuri 10W Quad Solar Home System, SolarNow Welcome Pack, Mobisol Solar Home System, and the ReadySet Power System.
Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
Smallholder farmers in Africa
Consumers can purchase this product by contacting SunCulture or visiting a regional office in Kenya.
Number and type of power outputs
Number and type of light points
Manufacturer-specified lumen-hours per solar day
Peak power rating of the solar panel in standardized sunlight conditions, provided by the manufacturer
Manufacturer-specified battery capacity
Manufacturer-specified battery voltage
Type of battery used
Can the user easily replace the battery if needed?
Can this system be monitored remotely?
Type of user payment structure
Does this system require mobile connectivity (either for payments or to function)?
The ClimateSmart Solar Energy Home System is sold in a bundle with the RainMaker2. The package comes with several components: a submersible irrigation pump, a 300 W roof-mounted solar panel, 100 m of 25 mm PN10 PE pipe, four sprinklers with fittings, 50 m of electrical cable, four 600 lumen LED lightbulbs with a 5 m cable and switch, and a ClimateSmart™ system which includes a lithium-ion battery and MPPT charging controller. The ClimateSmart™ system collects power from the solar panel, allowing the user to use the power for the irrigation pump and the lights or other electronics.
Technical support is provided by SunCulture through their website or through their regional offices in Kenya.
Replaceable components include the battery, solar panels, and lightbulbs.
This product includes a 3-year warranty and the battery has an expected lifetime of 5 years.
The designer specifies that the ClimateSmart Home Energy System can provide 300 W at maximum input, and power TV, the Rainmaker2 pump, 600 lumen light bulbs, and charge other electronic devices.
Testing performed by The Impact Programme found the RainMaker 2 saved customers time and money over traditional diesel pumps and manual irrigation methods, and that almost half of the customers reported an increase in farm yields and income. Testing by the International Electrotechnical Commission and the International Organization for Standardization concluded that the ClimateSmart Solar Energy System is IP64 dust and water resistant- splashing against the enclosure from any direction has no harmful effects.
Testing organizations include The Impact Programme, International Electrotechnical Commission and the International Organization for Standardization.
Potential hazards related to this product include electric shock, risk of fire, and physical injury due to equipment failure.
The ClimateSmart™ Solar Energy System is sold by SunCulture as a package with the RainMaker 2. Sunculture also sells add-on technology such as a drip irrigation kit and a television.
Warnecke, T., and Houndonougbo, A. N., 2016, Let There Be Light: Social Enterprise, Solar Power, and Sustainable Development. Journal of Economic Issues., 50(2), pp. 362–372.
Alstone, P., Gershenson, D., and Kammen, D.M., 2015, Decentralized energy systems for clean electricity access. Nature Climate Change No. 5, pp. 305-314
This product meets the testing certifications IEC 60950, IEC 61730, and ISO 9001:2015.
The manufacturer cites power output and wire-to-water efficiency as evaluation criteria.
SunCulture won the Global LEAP Awards in 2019 for their ClimateSmart Direct™ solar irrigation system.
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