Solar Powered Bore Pumps

Solar powered bore pump collection and panels

The most common type of solar pump is the submersible bore pump. These pumps are used in bore holes or wells with a depth of up to 250 metres! The cost of a solar bore pump system is directly proportional to the required litres per day and the vertical lift (also known as head).

A low vertical lift combined with a moderate water flow rate requires a lot less power, or in other words, less solar panels. If your water pipes are long, narrow, and/or the flow rate is high, pipe friction will also need to be considered.

Below are three typical solar bore pump systems designed for Northern NSW. Many other configurations are possible (and available). The selection of the most appropriate pump should be based on the actual requirements (location, volume and pressure/head). Solar pump systems are supplied as DIY install kits only.

Pump System Guide
litres/day @ vertical lift Solar Pump System Price
1,600 @ 15 m or 1,200 @  70 m Aquatec SWP4000 with 0.26kW PV from $2260
33,000 @ 5 m or 16,000 @  15 m Lorentz PS150 with 0.4kW PV from $3560
4,200 @ 80 m or 2,500 @ 100 m Grundfos SQFlex 1.2-2N with 0.5kW PV from $5290

Solar Pump System Examples

High Value - Aquatec SWP Bore Pump

Aquatec submersible bore pump SWP4000

Aquatec SWP4000 solar powered submersible pumps are rugged pumps for use in 4" or larger well casings. Ideal for remote homes and cabins, irrigation or livestock watering. Works from 60 cell solar modules without a Pump Controller or Pumping Maximiser.

The below system configuration will pump water up to 70m, delivering about 280 litres per hour (of full sunshine). View other system configurations.

Aquatec SWP4000 Specs


Metres of Head 12Vdc Performance24Vdc Performance 30Vdc Performance
Lpm Amps Lpm Amps Lpm Amps
6 2.35 1.30 5.11 1.30 6.44 1.40
12 2.27 1.60 5.00 1.60 6.25 1.70
18 2.20 1.80 4.84 1.80 6.06 1.90
24 2.15 2.00 4.73 2.00 5.87 2.10
30 2.12 2.30 4.62 2.30 5.68 2.40
36 2.00 2.50 4.54 2.50 5.60 2.60
42 1.97 2.60 4.35 2.60 5.37 2.80
48 1.93 2.80 4.24 2.80 5.30 3.00
54 1.85 3.10 4.09 3.10 5.11 3.20
61 1.82 3.30 4.01 3.30 4.92 3.40
70 1.63 3.50 3.79 3.50 4.73 3.70

Aquatec solar pump system

Trina 260W Solar Panel
Trina Solar

260 Watt Solar Panel

Aquatec SWP4000 submersible pump
Aquatec

Submersible bore pump

  • 1 x 260W Trina Honey Module® solar panel
  • 1 x Aquatec SWP4000 submersible bore pump
  • 2 m solar cable and MC4 connectors
  • 10 m rope
  • 12 m underwater bore cable
  • Cable Splice Kit
  • Potting of bore cable
  • Installation & operation manuals

Price: from $2260

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Note, the Aquatec SWP pumps can also operate from a nominal 24V solar panel but requires a pump controller to limit the voltage. Please contact us to discuss options.

High Flow - Lorentz PS150 C-SJ5-8

Lorentz PS150 Centrifugal Rotor pump

Lorentz PS150 centrifugal rotor pumps are submersible pumps made of type AISI 304 stainless steel with 96mm diameter. Centrifugal rotors are typically used for low to medium heads and high flows.

The below system configuration will pump water up to 20m, delivering about 1,600 litres per hour (of full sunshine) or 9,000L/day. View Graph.

Lorentz PS150 solar pump system (ø 96mm)

Trina 210W Solar Panel
Trina Solar

2 x 210W Solar Panel

Lorentz PU150 C-SJ5-8 submersible pump
Lorentz

Submersible bore pump

Lorentz PS150 pump Controller
PS150

Pump Controller

  • 2 x 210W 24V Trina Quadmax solar panel
  • 1 x Lorentz PU150 C-SJ5-8 submersible pump
  • 1 x Lorentz PS150 Pump Controller
  • 1 x Lorentz Well Probe Sensor & cable
  • 2 m solar cable and MC4 connectors
  • 12 m underwater bore cable
  • DC Breaker (IP66)
  • Potting of bore cable
  • Installation & operation manuals

Price: from $3560

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High Lift - Grundfos SQFlex 1.2-2N

Grundfos Sqflex Helical rotor pump

Grundfos SQFlex helical rotor pumps are skinny (ø 74mm) submersible pumps suitable for narrow bore holes. Helical rotors are typically used for medium to high heads and low to medium flows. The SQFlex is made of type AISI 316 stainless steel for slightly aggressive water.

The below system configuration will pump water up to 100m, delivering about 600 litres per hour (of full sunshine) or 1,000 litres at 80m lift. View Graph.

Grundfos SQFlex solar pump system (ø 74mm)

Trina 260W Solar Panel
Trina Solar

2 x 260W Solar Panels

Grundfos SQFlex Helical Rotor submersible pump
Grundfos SQFlex

Helical rotor bore pump

  • 2 x 260W Trina Honey Module® solar panel
  • 1 x Grundfos SQFlex 1.2-2N submersible pump
  • 2 m solar cable and MC4 connectors
  • 12 m underwater bore cable
  • DC Breaker (IP66)
  • Potting of bore cable
  • Installation & operation manuals

Price: from $5290

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Aquatec / Lorentz

The Lorentz pump relies on a pump controller and included water sensor(s) to optimise its performance whereas the Aquatec may be used without one. The controllers allow for integration of batteries where required. The main difference between the two: the Aquatec uses a diaphragm to move water, the Lorentz a centrifugal rotor. Diaphragms need to be replaced every so often, rotor pumps are maintenance free.
Common features include:

  • For potable water wells
  • Fits in 4" or larger well casing
  • Stainless steel housing
  • Dry running protection (with level sensor)
  • Easy to service.

Grundfos

The commercial grade Grundfos SQFlex pump range is both powerful and feature rich. Integration of a generator is possible with help of IO101 controller. Other features include:

  • Dry running protection with auto-restart
  • Stainless steel pump casing for long service life
  • Carbon Ceramic bearings ensure high reliability
  • High efficiency MSF3 motor with permanent magnets
  • Over and under voltage protection
  • Overload protection
  • Over temperature protection
  • Maximum power point tracking (MPPT)
  • 30 - 300 V DC or 90 - 240V AC input

Solar Pump System vs Diesel Pump

The supporting arguments for a solar pump system are compelling and proven in numerous independent studies and reports. While upfront cost of a solar pump system is higher compared to Diesel systems, the operational cost (fuel, parts, time spent on maintenance) is considerably lower. A comprehensive feasibility assessment back in 2006 (when solar was still expensive) estimated payback in as little as 2 years. NSW Farmers published a report that even takes additional water tanks into account, and still, Solar Pumps win by a long shot.

Applications

Windmill replacement pump - Copyright:Lorentz

Apart from bore holes and wells, submersible pumps can also be used in dams. Floating device are available to prevent the pump from sinking to the ground (and in the mud). Submersible pumps are also frequently used in water storage tanks for water transfer applications (e.g. to pump to a header tank). In this case you may simply 'hang' the pump from the ceiling of the tank.

Installation

Solar bore pump systems are simple to install. The only tricky bit is the waterproof connection between the pump and the underwater DC cable (Potting of Cable). In fact, if done incorrectly, it renders warranty invalid. The above system prices include potting by RPC.

Watch the SQFlex Installation Video which explains the process step by step. Please also view a customer submitted installation example or read more information on SQFlex Pump Systems and components.

You could also employ an Off-Grid accredited installer and claim STCs. For example, the 2 Panel Grundfos Kit would currently create $380 worth of STCs. You may also qualify for other rebates.

Should you ever get stuck during installation or thereafter, phone and/or email support is available at no extra cost. Note: Rainbow Power Company does not install pump systems.


We install solar systems in Northern NSW and Southern QLD.


QLD:
Gold Coast (from Coolangatta to Southport), Nerang and Hinterland (Beaudesert) and out West (Warwick, Stanthorpe, Killarney)


NSW:
Northern NSW (Tweed Heads to Yamba, including Evans Head, Byron Bay and Ballina); the Far North Coast Hinterland (Grafton via Lismore to Murwillumbah) and out West (Casino to Tenterfield, including Drake and Tabulam, as well as Woodenbong and Bonalbo)

For larger system we also go up to Brisbane or down to Coffs Harbour and even Glen Innes. Other places by arrangement.