Can a pond run on solar power?

Discussion in 'Pond Construction & Equipment' started by Gemma, Oct 14, 2017.

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    Gemma

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    We're contemplating all bunch of options for our next pond, it would be nice to invest in solar power but we don't know much about it. Do you guys?
     
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    Hi, Gemma, I think you will just ask help to those who provide solar pannel setup in your area, there are also submersible pumps now that are solar powered and aerator too.
     
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    Yes, a pond can run on solar power.
    Add up the total amount of watts your pond will use when it's running.
    If your pumps and aerators require a combined 1000 watts, multiply that number by 24 hours in a day.
    1000 watts x 24 hours = 24,000 watts or 24 kWh (kilowatt hour)
    Check with a local solar supplier and they will probably have some solar electricity "kits" in the size you need that will run your pond. They are also familiar with what your weather and sun conditions are like in your area and if you'll need to add more battery storage power.

    Two things though:
    -solar batteries require maintenance (topping up with distilled water)
    -solar electricity is more expensive than direct line power.
     
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    Great idea, thank you!
    What do you mean " topping up with distilled water"?
    More expensive you mean the initial installation cost, or to run?
     
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    Solar system batteries are similar to older style car batteries that evaporate water from the recharging process.
    Your solar dealer can show you what batteries are available and what maintenance they require.

    By more expensive I mean when you take the total solar system cost and divide that amount by the component lifespan, the amount you end up paying per kilowatt hour is higher compared to purchasing from your local electric utility.
    There are regional financial incentives for using solar power that would bring the cost down. Again, check with your local solar retailer.
     
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    The effectiveness of solar depends on where you live. It's a big deal in Utah right now because of the thin air. I think the only way for it to be financially feasible would be to install solar panels on the roof of your house and if you live in an area where the power company has to "buy back" the extra energy you generate during the day. It really only makes sense to do it for your whole house and it's a $45000 investment where I live so we haven't done it.
     
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