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Solar Irrigation Pumps

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Touch the Soil News #405 (An Editorial by Benjamin Gisin) I remember years ago sitting at a desk and approving agricultural loans for the nation’s 7th largest agricultural bank. One of the largest expenses some farmers faced was the cost of electricity to run water pumps and irrigation pivots. If the farmer was late the previous year in paying power bills, the power company would demand farmers to prepay an season’s pumping costs. The power company would not turn on the pumps until the deposit was made. This was painful, as power costs often ran in excess of $100,000. Recent news from India reveals an astonishing trend – small farmers using…

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