Solar Powered Water Systems: An Overview of Principles and Practice (SPWS101) 

Virtual learning experience for rural water professionals and partners


  • Analyze a rural context where water services are unsustainable or inequitable
  • Evaluate the opportunities and risks associated with SPWS in that context
  • Recommend improvements to programs that utilize SPWS
  • Promote SPWS as a means of improving the sustainability and equity of water supply programs



  • Individuals with non-technical backgrounds who are involved or considering involvement in planning, managing, or monitoring water supply programs that utilize solar-powered water systems. Advanced understanding of electromechanical pumping systems not required. 
  • Participants must have access to a computer with a reliable internet connection and commit to spending an average of five hours per week on course activities over the eight-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.  



  • Four modules available on-demand for two weeks at a time.
  • Interactive, web-based learning environment with reading excerpts, activities, videos, discussion forums, and quizzes.
  • Participants will gain direct access to facilitators and other participants who are working with solar-powered water systems. 


May 23 – July 17, 2022 (8 WEEKS)

October 10 – November 27, 2022 (8 WEEKS)

Applications Closed

Time Commitment: 40-50 hours total (minimum five hours per week; 50% reading, 50% coursework) 

Registration Cost: Free

Language: English (French course also available, click here for more information)

Credit: Certificate awarded upon successful completion

Sponsors and facilitators: UNICEF, Water Mission, CAWST, and the Global Water Center

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