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    We have a borehole and the pump runs on electricity. However I would like to have a pump that runs off solar. Is there a cheap pump anyone knows of and what size solar panel would I need.

    BTW the water is stored in a 5000 litre tank so pump flow rate is not really an issue. The depth of the well and height to the tank is about 18 metres.


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    Franklin made a complete solar set up when I was still in the lines. Google them and see what they have to offer.
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    Grundfos has been supplying this to farmers for many years ....

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    Yes Grundfos does have SQF solar pumps, but the price is stiff round R20 000.00 Depends how much water you need.

    There are cheaper options available, but not in the class of Grundfos.
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    Can also try Bundu Power for advice.

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    Cost me about 60k late last year for a pump, 4 panels, frame etc including labour.

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    I recently looked at one in Oudtshoorn (AGRI) for around R16K. Included a small borehole pump, two 300W panels and controller. I am considering this in the river I pump from. Bury a 200L plastic drum with the pump inside. Saves me having to start the pump once a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Faddel View Post
    I recently looked at one in Oudtshoorn (AGRI) for around R16K. Included a small borehole pump, two 300W panels and controller. I am considering this in the river I pump from. Bury a 200L plastic drum with the pump inside. Saves me having to start the pump once a week.
    These types of units can be bought from most co-ops such as Obaro etc. They work well. But if budget does not bother you, then cry grundfos once!

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlp View Post
    These types of units can be bought from most co-ops such as Obaro etc. They work well. But if budget does not bother you, then cry grundfos once!
    Yip, budget to me at this point is ... well non existent After Henks post I looked at the Franklin web site ... waht a dream. They have EXACTLY what I want. I will be contacting them on Monday to see how deep I will have to dig in my pocket for a decent pump versus the chinese ones at the co-op. Grunfos, yip another bet. Probably priced alongside Franklin (maybe Franklin even use them)
    I had an interesting experience in Mozambique with Grundfos though. The company I worked for specified Grundfos and that's all they used until we discovered that an Italian pump, Grundfos and a chinese pump were all EXACTLY the same (they are a Danish company) From the controllers to the motors to the actual pump, no difference except the price, small variation of thousands of rands ...... I am not saying that Grundfos are bad, I believe they are probably one of the very best but where are they in fact made ??
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    Default Re: Using solar to power borehole pump

    Is your electrical pump 230v or 380v. What is the kW

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    Contact Themba Pompe in Pretoria. They will put a pump together according to your needs. If I remember correctly they stock different pumps

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    Contact Solar Energy Life in Menlyn retail park next to CUM books
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    Default Re: Using solar to power borehole pump

    Quote Originally Posted by Erwin Schimper View Post
    Is your electrical pump 230v or 380v. What is the kW
    This.

    If single phase you can also consider to go the route of inverter & some panels to power existing pump, gives you some other options on power generation to use for the house or outbuilding...
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