Today, we bring to you a solar story from Punjab. A farmhouse owner in Punjab decided to install a solar water pump in his farmhouse and is now using it to run the full load of his farmhouse on solar, thereby saving thousands of rupees every month. Read on!
Charan Singh’s Life Before Solar:
This story is about Charan Singh, who owns a farmhouse in Kharar city located in Ajitgarh District, Punjab. Kharar city is occupied with a population of 11,600 who are frustrated because of lack of proper electricity lines in that area. There are frequent power cuts and people have resorted to using diesel generators which we all know are very expensive. Charan Singh too faced this problem. His farmhouse included rice and paddy fields along with gardens and a dairy farm.
And because the crops had to be watered and the load needed to be run 24/7, he couldn’t just rely on the mains supply and resorted to the very expensive diesel generator that gave him a bill of INR 2,000 every day. That meant he spent INR 60,000 every month on electricity bills. This was too much for him.
Charan Singh then decided it was best for him to turn to solar. Punjab approximately receives 13 hours and 20 minutes of day light every day. Installing a solar system here would prove to be very beneficial.
To turn his farmhouse into a solar powered station, he contacted Kapil Dev Soni, Su-Kam’s authorized distributor from Punjab. Kapil has been handling solar system installations for a while now and after careful inspection of Mr. Charan’s farmhouse, he gave the following suggestions:
- Su-Kam’s Solar submersible pump – 5HP
- Su-Kam Solar Panels – 250W/24V (20 in number)
How A DC Solar Water Pump Works:
Solar water pumps in its most basic form runs on electricity that is provided from the solar panels. The sun generates thermal energy that is received by the solar panels that converts this energy into DC power. As the pump is connected to solar panels and can also run on DC, the DC electricity generated by panels powers the pump.
The solar water pumps are extremely economical as compared to the ones running on grid or diesel owing to their low maintenance costs.
A solar pump has three basic applications – Domestic use (cooking, drinking, washing), Irrigation purposes and Livestock watering. They are also environment friendly, making it a win-win situation. Let us understand how a solar water pump works.
A solar water pump essentially has three components –
- Solar panels
- Solar charge controller
- Water pump
Basically, to build a solar water pump a hole is drilled into the earth to reach the targeted water source. The power from the solar panels is then used to draw the fresh water and store it in a water tank. The rating of the solar pump and the solar panels will depend upon how many gallons per day or gallons per minute you want to pump. The idea of a solar pump can be summed up by saying that it is similar to a regular pump in all ways other than the fact that it uses DC power instead of AC power.
The solar water pump provides maximum efficiency as compared to regular pumps by minimizing the power loss in the conversion from DC to AC and back to DC. Also it is advised not to use batteries for the running of solar pumps to reduce the power loss in the process of power storage in batteries.
Units Generated and Load Running:
The 5HP solar water pump is expected to generate 280-330 liters of water every day depending on the weather conditions. The 5KW solar panels panel generates approximately 25 units per day depending on the weather conditions.
The interesting thing here is that only are they using the solar water pump to water their fields and dairy farms but they are now running the load of the farmhouse like lights, fans etc. on solar. Wondering how? The motor running the water pump is also connected to the generator that Kapil Dev Soni and his team managed to install. So now the load previously running through the generator is powered by solar. Brilliant idea I must say!
Mr. Charan is extremely happy seeing his farmhouse turn into a solar powered station that will help him save a massive amount of money in the long run.
We are glad to see another happy solar customer in India. Going solar has never been easier. What are you waiting for?
For further details, please feel free to contact Su-Kam’s channel partner who did this installation:
Kapil Dev Soni (Su-Kam’s authorized distributor) – 09781197811
Contact the customer here–
Mr. Charan Singh
Visit www.sukam-solar.com to go solar today!