The main concern for this solution is the initial cost paid upfront. Although solar powered irrigation pumps prove to be highly economical in the long term, the price that must be paid upfront can be high, especially dependent on size and scale needed for use. It can be far cheaper to find fossil fuel powered pumps, which even though are more expensive long term, are a smaller upfront investment. Secondly, solar power is highly weather dependent and relies on sunny weather. It is true that solar energy is still collected during cloudy days, yet the efficiency drops significantly. Thus, assessments of efficiency and value-add must be weighed when determining which type of systems to incorporate into a given production context and decision support capacity to this end must be made more readily available to producers, especially in limited resource settings where initial cost of investment is significant.