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Embracing Green Energy: Switching Generator Run Boreholes To Solar Power

Lelen and Cheparan borehole

Millions of people around the world live with limited access to water. In many communities, groundwater is extracted through electric water pumps, which use diesel to fuel their systems. However, these systems not only require costly, regular servicing and the purchasing of fuel, but they also emit carbon dioxide polluting the atmosphere.
FSK with support from UNDP GEF Small Grants Programmes is implementing a Climate Change Mitigation Project in Emining Ward, Baringo County titled, “Greening Cheparan and Lelen boreholes: Improved access to water for 600 Households in Kaplelwo Location, Mogotio Sub-county, Baringo County through switching boreholes operation from diesel to Solar Energy.” The project objectives are to reduce carbon emission and increase efficiency at Lelen and Cheparan boreholes through the installation of solar power supply and pumping system, increase annual revenues from the sale of water at Lelen and Cheparan boreholes by at least 100% and improve knowledge and capacity of Lelen and Cheparan community on climate change, water management and sustainable use of water and water-related resources.
The project involves the installation of solar power & water pump, construction of 18M3 elevated steel tank, construction of 2 water kiosks, construction of 2 water troughs, installation of a prepaid meter at Lelen, fabrication of two solar structures, training on climate change mitigation and adaptation training on leadership and governance. Baringo County Government through the Ministry of Water & Irrigation has collaborated with FSK in Lelen community project by extending water distribution line from Lelen to Kapsagatia and constructing a 100m3 masonry tank.
The expected results include; reduction in CO2e by 35.2 tons within 4 years, increased access to reliable water and reduced distance to water sources for 600 households and 41,600 livestock, increased revenue and improved management of Lelen and Cheparan community boreholes, enhanced community ownership and control of the water project and increasing land area under forest cover through the promotion of natural regeneration.
Speaking during the project launch held at Lelen water project, Baringo County Executive Member(CEC) for Water & Irrigation Mr. Rono applauded the community for their contribution towards increasing finances for the construction of water storage capacity from 50m3 to 100m3. He noted that the project was an empowerment program than a project. He challenged the community that the era of free things was long gone and water from the borehole will have to be paid for the sustainability of the project and applauded the project integration of pre-paid water system innovation.

“There are a lot of benefits that will accrue from the use of solar energy for our community. It is more reliable, no air pollution and we don’t have to pay for sunshine,’’ said Mr. Francis Lelen water project Chairperson.