Water for Gambia

Gambia

2017
Supply & Installation of Solar Water Pumping Systems and Elevated Water Tanks

SOLAR23 was part of the largest solar water pumping project in Gambia to date.

The rain-fed subsistence agriculture in Gambia is the main livelihood for most of its population. Since Gambia only has a short-wet season, it is essential to have access to an irrigation system to ensure that the population has independence from the rain.

 

The Gambia Commercial Agriculture and Value Chain Management Project (GCAV) improves production systems and access to a market of targeted agricultural commodities in rural areas. Recently, the GCAV has also set up a new project for Gambian women in West Coast and the North Banks regions. This project provides vegetable gardens of around 5 hectares that are divided and provided to women in the village.

 

For the women in this region, growing vegetables in the dry season and rice in the rainy season supports them and their family to generate a reliable source of nutritious food and income for their families.

 

SOLAR23 was then selected to provide 22 solar pumping systems and 21 aluminums water storage tanks for the irrigation of vegetable fields and gardens. This was a 1.3 million Euro turn-key project.

SOLAR23 was responsible for planning and designing the system, sourcing first-class components, as well as delivering the products safely and timely to Gambia. After the products arrived at the project site, SOLAR23 continued to and ensured a smooth and efficient installation via on-site support of a local partner and guaranteed a two year after-sales service for pumps and one year for tanks.

The successful turn-key project covered concrete work, pipework, fencing and electromechanical work, including the delivery and installation of 22 solar generators from 3.180 to 6.360 Wp, generating a total of 110,24 kWp. The project also included antitheft supports, submersible pumps and 2m high mesh fences and 21 elevated aluminums water storage tanks of 40 m3 volume at 6m height. The whole solar powered water system will generate 126 m3/day and per site, adding up to a total of nearly 1 million m3 water per​ year.

For the women in this region, growing vegetables in the dry season and rice in the rainy season supports them and their family to generate a reliable source of nutritious food and income for their families.