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Solar pumping

What is :

It is a photovoltaic system that pumps water into a reservoir when there is sunshine. Particularly useful and reliable especially in areas that are isolated and there is no PPC network. It has no batteries to use which makes it a system with zero consumables and zero maintenance costs.

Where it is used:

Water pumping can be carried out in boreholes, wells, lakes, rivers, for uses such as e.g. a new crop with olive trees or remote livestock farming. We can also use it in an existing pumping installation as it is not necessary to replace the three-phase pump used.

How it works and what parts it consists of:

The working principle of the solar inverter pumping systems is based on the simultaneous operation of the photovoltaic panels, the solar inverter and the water pump. The solar inverter is connected to the photovoltaic module which consists of a number of photovoltaic panels. Their number depends on the power of the installation's pump, which also affects the power of the solar inverter. The solar pumping inverter is in total control of the operation of the system, which supplies the water pump by giving it the appropriate energy according to the intensity of the solar radiation. The pump works as long as there is sunshine. It is recommended to use a tank to store the water so that there is a reserve and we can use it when there is no sun.

Are there programs to subsidize solar pumping?

Programs are sometimes announced that subsidize equipment and installation.

  • Action 4.1.2. "Implementation of investments that contribute to water saving" of the Rural Development Program (RDP) of Greece 2014 - 2020. Beneficiaries can be natural or legal persons under commercial law, owners of agricultural holdings. The program concerns the purchase, transport and installation of new mechanical and other equipment with the aim of saving water.
  • For more information you can see the Official Gazette under consultation here.

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