Solar Powered Water Systems

An Overview of Principles and Practice

Online learning experience for technical and non-technical individuals working in rural water supply.

Format & Features

  • Four modules accessible for the duration of the course, so you can access them when it suits you and your schedule
  • Interactive, online learning environment with activities, videos, reading excerpts, discussion forums, and knowledge checks
  • Each week, facilitators and participants interact remotely by posting on the discussion forums.

Time Commitment: An average of 6- 8 hours per week for five weeks.

Registration Cost: Free

Languages: English and French

Credit: Certificate

Course Objectives

Assess the need and applicability of a solar powered water system

Assess the opportunities and risks associated with solar powered water systems in a rural context where water services are unavailable or inequitable

Recommend improvements to programs that utilize solar powered water systems

Promote solar powered water systems as a means of improving the sustainability and equity of water supply schemes

Who Can Participate

  • This course is for engineers, as well as individuals with a non-technical background, who are involved in or considering involvement in planning, managing, or monitoring solar powered water systems.
  • Enrollment 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.
  • Participants must have access to a computer with a reliable internet connection and Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Adobe Reader. They must also commit to spending an average of 5-8 hours per week on course activities over the five-week duration.
  • For certification, participants must complete all course modules, contribute in a timely manner to weekly discussion forums, and pass a final exam with 80%.
  • If your organization would like to guarantee seats in the course, there is a limited number of prepaid seats. Contact us to learn more.
  • This course is highly recommended before participating in our Design of Solar Power Water Systems course.
  • Course Dates: May 6 – June 7, 2024
  • Applications closed on March 22, 2024. Participants will be notified three to four weeks prior to the course about whether they have been accepted.