Solar Water Pumps
Say "off-grid" and people may immediately take you for a doomsday prepper, getting ready for the apocalypse with cans full of tuna fish and baked beans. But thanks to the rapidly falling price of solar power systems, living off the grid is actually beginning to make a lot more sense than it did just a few years back. Nobody likes having strings attached, and being tied to a grid is about as stringy as a relationship can get.
So, if you've ever been smitten by the idea of owning your own piece of the sun, then the time couldn't be better. One of the ways you can realize your energy independence on the cheap is by opting for a solar water pump. These don't cost as much as a regular solar power system does, but can help you draw water from the Earth sans the heavy utility bills.
Falling solar costs = Increasing probability of living off-grid
You might have heard that solar power is exploding the world over. Just how fast is it catching on though? In the United States, a new solar power system is currently being installed every 2.5 minutes -- yep, that fast!
Solar technology has come a long way. This has been made possible by the fact that the cost of solar photovoltaic cells has come down dramatically over the past few years. While they cost $4 per watt in 2000, today you can purchase a solar panel at just $0.30 per watt, and the prices are still falling.
In other words, you no longer have any excuses to sit on the fence. As solar pumps utilize photovoltaic cells for electricity, they too have become very affordable over the past few years.
How does a solar water pump work?
Solar water pumps essentially work the same way regular pumps do, save for the fact that they derive their energy directly from the sun via photovoltaic solar panels instead of the grid. Obviously this can be a great aid to people who are living in rural areas where grid connectivity is an issue; however they can also be used to circulate water in a swimming pool, fountain, or even general home use.
What are the components of a solar pump?
Water pump: The heart of the system. The water pump is responsible for circulating water.
Solar panels: Consist of an array of photovoltaic cells which convert sunlight into electricity. The size and cost of solar panels (which are typically 80% of the total price of the system) will depend heavily on the size of the pump, the amount of water that needs to be moved, and how much sunlight is available in the area they need to be installed.
Controller: Has two functions. It matches the power from the solar panels with that used by the pump, and it also protects the pump from voltage fluctuations.
Types of solar power water pumps:
Surface pumps: These solar water pumps sit above the ground and are useful for moving a large amount of water, albeit at a slow rate. Surface solar power water pumps are generally useful for remote locations such as farms with large irrigation requirements.
Submersible pumps: These solar pumps are installed underground and are designed to retrieve water from a well. They are provided power by solar panels sitting above them.
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What Can You Save With Solar?
With no end in sight for soaring electricity rates, your switch to solar will secure affordable power for your home & family for years to come.