Solar Pumping for Water Supply

In many of the places we work, solar pumping is more economical than other power sources. It is particularly good when grid power is unreliable, and where managing diesel generators is a headache. Advantages include that solar pumping can be fully automated; there is no fuel to manage; and it is economical across much of the world.

Solar power is the preferred choice and the first option that all Oxfam projects should consider for off grid pumping.


This Technical Brief is the best place to start: Oxfam Technical Brief 14: Solar powered borehole pumps

Oxfam have been part of writing a book, which is a complete reference for solar powered pumping:
Solar Pumping for Water Supply

The Solar Hub provides many more resources, including case studies, guidance notes, and literature:

This video is an introduction to the benefits of solar powered pumping:

Minimum Requirements

Planning & design