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solar options?

I would like to make a pond in my yard, but getting power to it would be difficult. Are there any good solar options?
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The garden center that I work at brought some solar pumps in the summer before last for sale. Almost all of them were returned, so we did not bring them back in this past summer. Perhaps there are better ones on the market than what we were able to bring in, but I'm not sure the technology is quite worth the price yet as far as functionality and effectiveness go.

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It depends on the size of your pond. Sine I just have a 20 gallon container pond, I got a ~$10 solar fountain pump from the bay of e. What's pretty impressive is that lil cheap thing went years without a problem, even through extreme weather.
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Some ranchers use a solar powered pump to supply their stock with water.
Solar powered fountain pumps are available for large ponds. The problem as suggested above is reliability.
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Just wanting a trough type pond. We rent, so a permanent in ground one is impractical.
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If you are going to connect directly to the solar panels, they put out DC power, so you need a DC pump.
Depending on configuration you can alter the output of the panels, so research how much water you want to move, which pump can do that, then configure the panels. This set up will only run during the day. The pump needs to be OK with varying power levels in low light. One example of where to get a 12v DC pump is a sporting goods store that has supplies for fishermen. The use a pump like this to keep the bait and the catch alive.

If you are using solar to charge a battery, then running the pump off the battery you can get a cheaper pump because you will be feeding controlled power to the pump from the battery. It will not change day or night. You can run this type of set up 24/7.
You will need to figure out how many batteries (and what size) you will need for the 'worst case' scenario: How long is the longest time that the solar panels might not be able to produce enough power to charge the batteries (cloudy weather reduces the output). You will need to get a controller that will supply the pump with whatever voltage etc. it needs. All these extras will add to the cost. Might be cheaper to get the higher priced pump that runs directly off the solar panels.
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