Designing Solar Powered Water Systems

Virtual learning experience for rural water engineers

Format & Features

  • Four modules available on demand 
  • Interactive, web-based learning environment with reading excerpts, activities, videos, discussion forums, and knowledge checks
  • Participants will gain direct access to facilitators and other participants who are working with solar powered water

Time Commitment: 5-8 hours per week

Registration Cost: There are a limited number of Global Water Center sponsored seats (provided at no charge for the participant).

Organizations can also pay to reserve blocks of seats for their staff. Please contact to learn more about this option.

Languages: English and French

Credit: Certificate

Course Objectives

Ensure solar powered water system designs comply with local and international standards and stakeholder expectations

Master all steps involved in designing solar powered water systems following the UNICEF and Water Mission Guide, including calculating water demand, estimating water source yield, determining total dynamic head at a specific flow rate, selecting an appropriate pump, motor, and ancillary equipment, and designing a photovoltaic power system

Evaluate the design of a solar powered water system

Who Can Participate

  • Individuals with technical backgrounds who are involved or considering involvement in designing or procuring solar powered water systems. Prior experience with solar pumping products and configurations is not necessary, but a basic understanding of electromechanical pumping and pipe flow principles is required.
  • Participants must have access to a computer with a reliable internet connection and commit to spending an average of 5-8 hours per week on course activities over the 5 week duration.
  • Enrolment will aim for diversity considering gender, years of experience, organizational roles, and country of operation. Priority will be given to individuals who demonstrate the ability to apply the knowledge and skills in their current professional role.

Dates of next course: July 15- August 18

Application closed: May 31, 2024