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Solar setup to run water feature

  • 22-12-2021 11:36am
    Registered Users Posts: 3,818 ✭✭✭

    Hi all, Just wondering is there any off the shelf kit that can be used to run a 240v pump?. The local residents association have installed a water feature and were going to apply for an electrical connection but i thought a solar setup may be better?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,269 ✭✭✭bullit_dodger

    Depends a little on what you mean by a "water feature" :-)

    Moving water around (like a fountain) requires more energy than you'd think. Probably couple 100's watts I'd guess. Everything of course can be "solarized" and powered by the sun, but the practicalities are that you'd need to have a solar panel or panels the size of the "roof of a car" nearby and possibly a battery.

    Considering how susceptible they would be to the wayward kid putting a tennis ball through it, or worse a brick.......I'd say your headaches would be less with the electrical connection. I like the fact that your thinking that way though....

  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 4,979 Mod ✭✭✭✭graememk

    I'm not suggesting this, it's way way overkill for what you want to do but it's a starting point.

    We have it for supplying water to fields(we pump straight out of a stream.

    There's far cheaper options out there. Just using this as a example.

    But I'd be staying at low voltage, DC.

    In that box it has a pump, pressure switch, pressure cylinder, deep cycle battery, mppt charge controller and the lid is the solar panel.

    All depends on what power the water feature needs.