Rainmaker Solar Powered Water Pump



Country:
Kenya
Why to choose this solution?
The Rainmaker is a portable solar powered water pumping system designed for small-scale farming and household use. It can lift water to a head of 100m, with a capacity of 7 cubic metres per day, ensuring a steady supply of water for farming and household needs. Can provide sufficient water for up to 1.5 acres of irrigation. It can also be used for livestock and domestic household needs. Rainmaker pumps a lot of water and does not use any fuel.
Savings per day or production:
Initially users of Electric water pump used to irrigate crops used to pay an average of KES 4,500-5,000 (USD 45- 50) in monthly electricity bills while for the Rainmaker one now pays KES 2,500-2,800 per month(USD 25-28) per month, saving about KES 2,200 (USD 22) per month i.e. KES 73 (USD0 0.73) per day.
Cost in money and in own time to construct:
Costs USD 500 (KES 50,000). A survey fee of KES 4,500 (USD 45) is charged when a field agent visits a site, of which KES 2,000(USD20) is a sales analysis fee. Once a sale is made, the customer gets a refund for the full amount. Installation usually takes one day and the technician conducts proper on-site training for end-users.
Lifetime:
Not specified
Maintenance needed:
Post-installation issues such as permanently mounting solar modules of the Rainmaker pump on the roof.
Resources needed in use:
Water, solar power.
Problems and limits:
Entry of cheaper, fake and counterfeit products into the market (Kenya) affect the customer trust and confidence that has been built in their products so far, and could lead to a negative impact on sales. It is expensive, in the beginning, selling price was around USD 3,000 (KES 300,000), this cost was high and thus costs have been brought down to less than 20% of the original selling price.
Where and how can you get it or make it?
In Kenya SunCulture (private company supplying Rainmaker system) has main office in Nairobi and sales outlets in Eldoret ( Uasin Gishu County), Nakuru ( Nakuru County), Mitunguu ( Meru County), Mutithi (Kirinyaga County), Matanya (Laikipia County) with more being planned to cater for growing demand. It supplies its products to all parts of Kenya, with most of their sales done through Facebook, radio and direct enquiries made at the head office. In Africa, SunCulture has supplied solar water pumping systems to Zambia, where there is a distributor, Uganda, Somalia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nigeria, Ghana and Mozambique.
Skills needed to produce, install. maintenance, use:
Production installation and maintenance needs engineering skills. Use of the system require training.
How to use it:
To be added
How to maintain it:
To be added
Climate effect (if any):
Not specified
Where it is used and how many users are there?
Used in all parts of Kenya.
Why is it successful?
An important contribution to their success is that Sunculture has constantly designed and re-designed Rainmaker systems to meet farmers needs. Rainmaker also pumps a lot of water and does not use any fuel. Can be used in several ways (for livestock and domestic household needs). The pump is suitable for many water sources including wells, boreholes, dams and lakes.
If you can make it, a short description, typical problems, materials needed.:
Materials needed include A 24V stainless steel submersible water pump 120 Watt portable solar modules 480 Watt hour 24V waterproof battery bank paired with a Weather Smart Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) charge controller in a lockable water proof portable case A Brass impact sprinkler with a 10 m radius.
How to make it (if possible):
Not relevant
How is it delivered and by whom?
Installation of Rainmaker Solar powered Water Pump is done by SunCulture Company which has a dedicated team of 75 staff of which 60% are male and 40% female, based in various parts of the country. These include 16 full-time field based technicians and 30 field sales agents who provide installation services to the customers after conducting survey. The field agents work in, and report to Regional Representatives in 3 main regions, namely Western, Central and the Coastal Area.
Successful financial model
SunCulture operations are currently supported by grant funding, income from sales and strategic partnerships. Key funding partners include the Shell Foundation, USAID, Microsoft, among others. The company has also attracted investment from international institutions such as Energy Access Ventures and Partners Group which has enabled them bring on boardbusiness management, wide geographic reach, and sector specific partners.
What policies and strategies helped the success?
The overall policy environment is favourable for Sunculture operations in Kenya and they are able to import all their products with ease.Imported solar irrigation systems are tax exempt and this favourable regulatory framework contributes to lower selling prices.
More info:
http://www.sunculture.com/
Sources:
SunCulture operations are currently supported by grant funding, income from sales and strategic partnerships. Key funding partners include the Shell Foundation, USAID, Microsoft, among others. The company has also attracted investment from international institutions such as Energy Access Ventures and Partners Group which has enabled them bring on boardbusiness management, wide geographic reach, and sector specific partners.
Name of the association uploading the case:
SusWatch Kenya
When was the case uploaded? (YYYY-MM-DD):
2020-08-27