Climate Resilience through Solar Irrigation

February 18, 2022 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm IST

(Open to public)

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI) and the Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS International) are hosting a thematic track on Climate Resilience through Solar Irrigation as part of the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) 2022 organized by TERI. The 21st edition of WSDS, entitled Towards a Resilient Planet: Ensuring a Sustainable and Equitable Future, will be held from February 16-18 in a virtual format. 

The thematic track on solar irrigation, which will take place on February 18 at 2:45–4:15 PM IST (GMT+5.30), is being organized as part of a Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) supported project to provide guidance to state policymakers in India on sustainably implementing solar irrigation schemes. The research consortium will present the findings from a recently published guidebook on solar pumps, and invite experts from South Asia and East Africa to discuss how solar irrigation can help advance climate resilience in the agriculture sector. Participants will find out how to maximize the economic benefits of solar irrigation while supporting marginalized farmers and addressing sustainability concerns, such as groundwater depletion in water-stressed regions.


Welcome Address

Nilanjan Ghose, Senior Advisor, GIZ India

Keynote Address


Setting the Context, Pathways for Effectively Operationalizing Solar Irrigation

Siddharth Goel, Senior Policy Advisor, IISD

Panel Discussion, Climate Resilience through Solar Irrigation

Priya Jadhav, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)


  • J.K. Jethani, Director Scientist-F, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India
  • Lucie Pluschke, East Africa hub manager for Water and Energy for Food, GIZ Kenya
  • Shilp Verma, Senior Researcher, Water-Energy-Food-Policies, International Water Management Institute (IWMI) (TBC)
  • Dipal Barua, Chairman, Bright Green Energy Foundation & President, Bangladesh Solar & Renewable Energy Association (BSREA)

Concluding Remarks

Debajit Palit, Director, Rural Energy and Livelihoods, TERI