Last edited: May 2019

In general, there are 2 types of solar water pumping systems. The first being submersible pumps and the second being surface pumps. Both pumps have a use for variety of applications.

Submersible Solar Water Pumps

The submersible solar water pumps are pumps which, as the name already indicates, can be submerged. Their main use is for boreholes and wells. Since they are located inside the water, there is no need to “suck” water, these pumps only “push”.

Surface Solar Water Pumps

The second of the types of water pumping systems is the surface solar water pump. These are pumps which are not submerged, but are located above the water level. This is mainly in lakes, ponds, rivers, pools and to pump water from one tank to another. Special types of surface pumps are:

  • Portable Solar Water Pumps – Portable solar water pumps often irrigate farms, where they reach different areas of the farm. Due to the low weight the pump (and solar panel) can easily be moved around.
  • Solar Pool Pumps – Water in swimming pools needs to be regularly filtered. As this can be relatively energy intens, many pool owners in sunny area’s (or areas without grid connection) opt for a solar pool pump.

Read these steps to buy your new solar water pumping system.