5 Reasons To Start Using Solar Water Pumps

Technological advances towards more efficient and environmentally conscious solutions have reached almost all strata of human habitation, including the oldest human profession (bar one, some say) – farming. In this post, we talk about Solar Water Pumps and why you should be using them.

Solar Water Pumps (SWP) are now used throughout the world. Popular on farms and rural areas, Solar Water Pumps are able to provide water for domestic use, and for agricultural and livestock production.

One of the main challenges in developing countries is the difficulty to extract water in areas that have no grid power supply. This process can be more expensive if you use wind turbines, for example, and labor intensive if you use livestock for turning the water-wheels. Instead, by using a SWP, you can more easily save money, more efficiently utilise your resources, extract and supply water for all your needs.

SWP works with solar panels that feeds an electric motor which in turn drives a pump or bore surface. Through this process, the water is then pumped from the ground and stored in a tank. This storage tank provides water as and when you need it, and if required can also act as a micro-hydro pump for generating micro-electricity.

Here are 5 reasons for you to start using Solar Water Pumps

1 – Multifunctionality

A Solar Water Pump can be used to extract water for animals/plants/human consumption, for farming/irrigation, and in some cases even electricity. Since the need for water is greater in hot sunny days, solar technology is an obvious choice for this application. This is a simple, reliable process that requires almost no maintenance by the user. At the same time, the water stored at a height can be used to generate electricity through a mini-hydel generator.

2 – Agricultural impact

If you have a stream going through your property, you can use a Solar Water Pump to avoid typical problems such as clogging of waterways and bank erosion. If you have cattle pastures, you can also use the Solar Water Pump to distribute water to different points of your land.

3 – Easy to use

Those who have already worked with water pumps know that this is not a difficult system. The water pumping systems powered by solar energy are similar to any other pumping system. The only difference is in the type of energy that feeds it: solar energy.

Solar Water Pumps usually consist of photovoltaic panels (modules), a motor and a pump bore. Solar water pumping arrays are fixed, mounted or sometimes even placed on sun-tracking machines to increase the time and volume of pumping.

4 – Becoming cheaper

The price of Solar Water Pumps has decreased in recent years. Today, the cheapest Solar Water Pump costs less than $ 1,500, while larger systems may cost more than $ 20,000.

This in-turn means that not only you will recover your investment faster, but you will also be able to use the pump for free for a longer period of time. Which basically means free water harvesting for a long time.

5 – Efficiency and quality

The best photovoltaic water pumping systems installed can provide more than 30 years of reliable and continuous service. Most of the solar modules come with a 20-25 year warranty and an average usable life of 30-35 years.


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Gayrajan Kohli
Gayrajan Kohli
Gayrajan is a staunch solar promoter, serial entrepreneur & management consultant. He has a decade of experience in solar PV, disruptive technologies and political consultancy in USA and India. He believes that development of solar and other renewable technologies is critical to India's energy security. Gayrajan holds a Masters and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from USA. Follow him on Twitter to gain daily industry insights.
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  • mamdou mohamed

    The main problem in the night which some people thing that it is very easy to use battery (whicg suppose to be charged in day by solar sys.)bou it is unpractical alternative as high price,difficult maintance and enviroment polloution

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