ISSP [2020] : Evaluating Solar Photovoltaic Water Pumping Systems in Khon Kaen, Thailand

The Population and Community Development Association installed solar photovoltaic water pumping systems (PVWPS’s) in rural villages in the province of Khon Kaen, Thailand, in response to the population’s ongoing problem of lack of access to affordable water. Through interviews and observation of three villages, our team compared the cost and technical performance of PVWPS’s to those of grid-powered pumps, and identified their socio-economic and environmental effects.