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solar well pump

Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:20 pm
by skyhightree1
does anyone have one of those solar well pumps they keep advertising on here? If so how well do they work?

Re: solar well pump

Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:33 am
by greybeard
My cousin in trans pecos area has 2 he put in to replace damaged windmills. I don't know anything about them but he says they work fine. He has the kind that don't use batteries, and his wells are about 250'deep IIRC..
He did mention the name..Groundfos or Grunfos..something like that.

Re: solar well pump

Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:05 pm
by Brute 23
greybeard wrote:My cousin in trans pecos area has 2 he put in to replace damaged windmills. I don't know anything about them but he says they work fine. He has the kind that don't use batteries, and his wells are about 250'deep IIRC..
He did mention the name..Groundfos or Grunfos..something like that.


Grundfos... They are a name brand in water well pumps.

We just put one in also after the hurricane to replace a windmill. It's like 8gpm and was a hair over $3K. It does not have any batteries either. We run it to a 3500 gallon cistern with 4 troughs. It's a little over 6000 gallons when it all full.

Just make sure you have a good cistern and/or some big troughs. I was surprised how much sun it takes to actually make the pump turn on. It's not some thing you run straight to a trough.

We will be putting on more. For the money they are a great buy IMO.

Re: solar well pump

Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:27 pm
by skyhightree1
Oh don't think that price would work for me running wire to a pumps alot cheaper.

Re: solar well pump

Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:57 pm
by Brute 23
skyhightree1 wrote:Oh don't think that price would work for me running wire to a pumps alot cheaper.


Ya, it's most likely the cheapest.

We have a large 5hp pump that feeds a big pond. We will replace it with solar next time. The cost savings on the electricity alone will pay for the solar pump.

Plus, after seeing these storms come thru and knock electricity out for several weeks I know of several people who were depending on their solar pumps. Slowly I will make sure we have at least one at every place for a back up.

Re: solar well pump

Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:05 pm
by skyhightree1
Brute 23 wrote:
skyhightree1 wrote:Oh don't think that price would work for me running wire to a pumps alot cheaper.


Ya, it's most likely the cheapest.

We have a large 5hp pump that feeds a big pond. We will replace it with solar next time. The cost savings on the electricity alone will pay for the solar pump.

Plus, after seeing these storms come thru and knock electricity out for several weeks I know of several people who were depending on their solar pumps. Slowly I will make sure we have at least one at every place for a back up.


I understand what you mean. It just woukdnt make much sense for me. I think that's great for heavily hit storm areas no doubt

Re: solar well pump

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:27 am
by greybeard
Cousin did it because of the cost of running electric lines out to where he needs the water. Rough country.

Re: solar well pump

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:49 am
by JW IN VA
skyhightree1 wrote:Oh don't think that price would work for me running wire to a pumps alot cheaper.


With your money? :D

Re: solar well pump

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:21 am
by skyhightree1
JW IN VA wrote:
skyhightree1 wrote:Oh don't think that price would work for me running wire to a pumps alot cheaper.


With your money? :D


:lol: Afraid so

Re: solar well pump

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:10 pm
by Brute 23
I have heard of cheaper ones that were closer to $2K but can not attest to their quality.... and it's still a lot of money compared to running wire. :)

Re: solar well pump

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:45 pm
by Chocolate Cow
I have 6 solars currently working. 4 Grundfos and 2 Lorentz. The Lorentz are-in my opinion-far superior to the Grundfos because on a cloudy day they are pumping and the Grundofs are idle. Grundfos panels seem to require more sunlight.
I went with solars because of longterm expense. I could have hooked onto a power line in one situation but it would be a monthly minimum forever. Solar is paid for upfront and done. My cattle are "off the grid" so to speak.
Solars-around here-are being stolen more frequently. That's sure a concern but if some jerk wants to steal, it's pretty hard to prevent it.

Also, the Lorentz have smart phone capability. There's an app you can download and keep track of the pump/well. You can turn it on and off with your phone. :roll: well I can't 'cause I have an old flip phone but I think it's a pretty cool feature. Maybe someday I'll use it. maybe. Mine are all on floats and have been trouble free-so far. First one was installed 8-9 years ago.

Re: solar well pump

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:21 am
by greybeard
skyhightree1 wrote:Oh don't think that price would work for me running wire to a pumps alot cheaper.

Wind is free (for now) But, price a windmill and mast (and while you're at it, price the costs associated with repairing one the vanes have been ripped off of by the wind and cost of keeping the transmission repaired)
It's the reason so many folks have converted their windmills to solar.

Re: solar well pump

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:04 am
by Bigfoot
How deep are you pulling water from Sky?

Re: solar well pump

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:17 am
by Brute 23
Chocolate Cow wrote:I have 6 solars currently working. 4 Grundfos and 2 Lorentz. The Lorentz are-in my opinion-far superior to the Grundfos because on a cloudy day they are pumping and the Grundofs are idle. Grundfos panels seem to require more sunlight.
I went with solars because of longterm expense. I could have hooked onto a power line in one situation but it would be a monthly minimum forever. Solar is paid for upfront and done. My cattle are "off the grid" so to speak.
Solars-around here-are being stolen more frequently. That's sure a concern but if some jerk wants to steal, it's pretty hard to prevent it.

Also, the Lorentz have smart phone capability. There's an app you can download and keep track of the pump/well. You can turn it on and off with your phone. :roll: well I can't 'cause I have an old flip phone but I think it's a pretty cool feature. Maybe someday I'll use it. maybe. Mine are all on floats and have been trouble free-so far. First one was installed 8-9 years ago.


You will have to have cell service and pay for data on that. :) It's nice to know you could do it if you wanted.

Re: solar well pump

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:04 pm
by skyhightree1
greybeard wrote:
skyhightree1 wrote:Oh don't think that price would work for me running wire to a pumps alot cheaper.

Wind is free (for now) But, price a windmill and mast (and while you're at it, price the costs associated with repairing one the vanes have been ripped off of by the wind and cost of keeping the transmission repaired)
It's the reason so many folks have converted their windmills to solar.


:lol:

Bigfoot wrote:How deep are you pulling water from Sky?


The wells are from 300' to 600'