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Solar irrigation pumps: can electricity buy-back curb groundwater over-use?

  title={Solar irrigation pumps: can electricity buy-back curb groundwater over-use?},
  author={Bradley Franklin},
Groundwater pumping for irrigation has exploded across India since the 1970’s largely due to a proliferation of cheap pump sets and highly subsidized energy. In much of Western and peninsular India, aquifers have been overexploited with substantial decreases in water tables leading to even higher amounts of energy used for pumping. As solar irrigation pumps become more effective and affordable, the prospect of uncontrolled solar pumping further exacerbating the unsustainable use of groundwater… 

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