SunCulture Drip Irrigation Kit
The SunCulture AgroSolar Irrigation Kit is a combination of solar pumping technology and a drip irrigation system.
The SunCulture Drip Irrigation Kit is a low pressure, gravity fed, drip-irrigation system suitable for plots ranging from 1/8 acre to 1 acre in size. Drip irrigation has been proven to help save water, increase crop yields, and decrease weed growth. SunCulture makes fertigation possible by including a fertilizer injection system with each kit. This allows farmers to reduce fertilizer and nutrient losses due to localized application and minimized leaching.
This product is currently distributed in East Africa but the manufacturer intends to get to Tanzanian and Zambian market.
Price for kits differ depending on size of farm. It ranges from 249 USD (KES 24, 900) to 890 USD (KES 89,000) for 1/8 to 1 full acre. Prices converted to USD 06/03/2019
Smallholder farmers in East Africa.
The product is mass manufactured in the US.
Users can obtain this product directly from SunCulture. SunCulture offers a free quote to farmers who submit their information online, and also have a technician available to visit customer sites that require consultation for a customized system. SunCulture partners with Equity Bank to provide financing options to farmers who cannot afford to pay for the system upfront.
SunCulture has over 650 customers in East Africa.Interview with representative
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The Product combines a solar pumping technology (solar panels providing pump’s electricity directly without need for batteries) with an efficient drip irrigation system. This system includes long lasting drip-tape, a filtration system, fertilizer injection system, HDPE and PVC pipes, and all needed connectors, fittings, and valves. The pump pulls water from different sources (lake, river, stream, well, boreal, water harvester, etc) to a raised storage tank during the day. In the evening a valve is opened and water flows with gravity to irrigate the farm.
See diagram of AgroSolar Irrigation Kit below.
SunCulture provides training and after-sales support upon request.
An entire after sales process is dedicated to supporting customers with needed replacement parts, as well as system repairs if necessary.Interview with representative
The solar modules comes with a 20 year warranty
No third-party organizations, only testing conducted by designer.
No known safety hazards are related to this product.
This product was available as an add-on for SunCulture’s AgroSolar irrigation system. Another pumping system such as the SP-300 Solar Pumping System can also be used.
Field trials were conducted in 2012.
SunCulture has won multiple awards for their systems and work, including:
–FT/IF Transformational Business Award 2018
–Ashden International Award, Finalist in 2017
-Start Up Energy Transition Award: Category; “Start Up SDG7”, Finalist in 2017
-Ocean Exchange, The Solutions Awards, Finalist in 2016
-Sustainia Award, Food Innovation Category, Winner in 2015
-Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development, Winner in2015
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