A number of farmers in Daraa Governorate have recently resorted to relying on solar energy as one of the renewable energy sources used in various agricultural projects, as it contributes to saving fuel consumption by operating wells and associated agricultural machinery.
SANA monitored the opinions of a number of farmers who confirmed their conversion to solar energy in various agricultural projects such as farms, nurseries and the cultivation of seasonal crops, including the farmer Omar Al-Eid, who indicated that he recently turned to solar cells to generate energy to irrigate various agricultural crops such as tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers and others, where he paid the costs of The foundation amounted to 100 million pounds, indicating that despite the high cost, this reflected positively on providing the best services for crops.
Al-Eid pointed out that there is a shortage of electrical energy that his project needs due to rationing, and that he cannot rely on diesel for irrigation due to the lack of material in the market as a result of the unfair unilateral economic measures imposed on the Syrian people, which prompted him to resort to solar energy, which provides him with the electricity he needs for a long time. Today.
The Director of Daraa Agriculture, Eng. Abdul Fattah Al-Rahhal, explained that solar energy as an alternative source of electrical energy increases the agricultural production process, as it saves the number of manpower in the field of irrigating crops in the event that the farmer resorts to using modern irrigation methods, in addition to the fact that relying on it means a decline in maintenance operations and frequent breakdowns. for energy sources.
He also indicated that the cost of operating the well reaches 25 million pounds, which the farmer can recover in one agricultural season, pointing out that the directorate provides facilities through granting agricultural regulation that allows farmers who wish to obtain loans related to solar energy from cooperative agricultural banks.
Majed al-Hariri, director of the Agricultural Cooperative Bank in the city of al-Sanamayn stated that the conditions for granting loans for solar energy include that the well be duly licensed and its license valid upon installation of energy or renewable by the Ministry of Water Resources, explaining that the bank does not grant cash to farmers, but bears 70 percent of the costs. Installed solar energy, where the percentage is paid to the executing company, while the farmer bears 30% of the project cost.
Hariri indicated that the loan repayment period is over ten years at an interest rate of 12 percent annually, and the farmer is exempted from the first 10 installments, but he pays it later, explaining that the borrower does not need guarantors and the only guarantee is the real estate on which the energy project is implemented, pointing out that the bank granted one loan and there are 4 loans ready for implementation.
In turn, Ahmed Al-Amour, director of the Cooperative Agricultural Bank in the town of Khirbet Ghazala, indicated that the bank granted 3 loans for solar energy and there is a need to spread the idea of shifting towards renewable energies.
Clean and renewable solar energy is increasing in importance day by day, along with other renewable energies whose source is wind and biomass.