carbon emissions
A treadle pump at work in Bangladesh. In India, however, 19 million diesel pumps power irrigation, producing carbon emissions by the millions of tons.

Today, in India alone, 19 million diesel engines are being used to pump irrigation water from shallow wells, spewing millions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere. If market forces could replace a quarter of them with radically affordable solar PV-powered pump systems and drip or mini-sprinkle irrigation, we could transform smallholder farmer livelihoods and radically reduce rural carbon emissions.

How? Here is how Paul Polak and his colleagues are setting out to achieve this goal.

2 Responses to “Paul Polak’s approach: reducing rural carbon emissions”

  1. indrasen


    If farmers become independent financially then India will be posied to become a more stable country. Farmers’ quality of life needs improvement and dependence on government be reduced for India’s growth.

    For a farmer live with pride and to sustain financially she must have access to technologies like SunWater.

    I would like to know where the project stands and if it is ready for the market?

    Managing Director
    Four Solar

    • Mal Warwick

      Thank you very much for writing. Though the technology is market-ready, the company is still just in the very early stages of operations. It will be some time before its products are widely ready throughout India.



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