Sun power: Beeville company is selling solar powered water pumps to local farmers, ranchers
by Scott Reese Willey
Aug 07, 2009 | 1098 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Wayne Hatcher, former owner of Hatcher Water Well Service in Beeville, watches a solar-powered water pump in action. The small scale model is on display in front of the company’s headquarters on Highway 59. The unit costs around $10,000.
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Good news for Bee County farmers and ranchers who need to water a section of their acreage but don’t have access to power lines.

Advancements in technology now allow the sun to provide the energy needed to power water pumps.

Hatcher Water Well Service in Beeville has a solar powered water pump on display in front of its business on Highway 59 west.

“A good many (farmers and ranchers) are putting these solar powered water pumps in places where electricity isn’t feasible,” said Wayne Hatcher, who owned Hatcher Water Well Service for 25 years before selling it to David Bowen in June.

“Solar energy is a great way to power a water pump when electricity isn’t available.”

He said the solar powered pumps cost upwards of $10,000.

“They cost about the same as a windmill costs but windmills have more moving parts, which can break,” he said.

Hatcher Water Well Service has sold seven or eight of the pumps since they’ve become available, he said.

“They’re not cheap but they can save money in the long run,” he added.

The company that manufactures the pumps — Grundfos Pumps Corp. — dropped off a demonstration model at Hatcher Water Well Service last week.

The scaled-down version includes a system of solar cells connected to an instrument panel, which is connected to a submersible water pump. The submersed pump sends water up some pipes and into a reservoir where it is stored until it is released back into the tank where the pump is submerged.
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