A gasoline pump would cost farmers 4 times more than a solar pump. We did some math to compare solar with gas pumps and were amazed at the results. We just had to share them with you! Over a 5-year period, a gas pump could cost a farmer more than 5 times more than a solar-powered pump
The choice of your solar pump will depend on your needs. Depending on them, a list of characteristics will be established in order to best meet these needs. The choice of a solar pump will essentially depend on:
depth of water
It is really important because it will generally affect the type of solar pump you should buy. So depending on the depth, the pump model may vary. For example your water source at a depth of 5 meters, the ideal for you would be an SF2 solar pump from Future Pump specially designed to draw water up to 7 meters deep.
The area to be covered in terms of irrigation will determine the type of pump you need to buy. Each type of pump has its own characteristics and nominal power. For example, if you have an area of 2 hectares of field to water and a source with a depth of at most 7 meters, we will recommend the SF2 pump from Future Pump.
We often talk about suction lift, discharge lift and total lift – but what does this mean? We have created the diagram below to show you how it works? We will base ourselves here on the case of our Futurepump solar pump. Suction height (max 7m) + discharge height = total manometric height (max pressure 15m)
Frederick, had long been looking for a way to irrigate his farm. He started with a treadle pump, then invested in a gasoline generator to save time and expand further. However, he soon found that the gas-powered generator was too expensive – any profit he made from growing more was used to buy fuel. Her neighbour, who already had a solar pump, heard about her difficulties and suggested she try solar power. With no ongoing fuel costs, it's a cost-effective way to bring more water to crops. With dreams of expanding his farm, Frederick knew he had to find a more cost-effective way to irrigate, so he decided to try solar power. He has now had a Futurepump solar pump for several years, and due to the saved labor time and fuel expenses, he is growing more tomatoes, kale and sukuma to sell in the local market.