The Verdict is in! It works! Our Solar Pumping System design we were installing and putting together in this blog, is now working and here is a video to show you what our upper 1000 Gallon Cistern looks like after about 3 overcast days since the Solar Panels and 12v Pump were directly connected at the lower cistern. We hooked this up on a Friday afternoon about 3 1/2 days ago. The sky today is overcast, and only yesterday evening the sun came out for the sunset and stayed partly cloudy. Take a look at our video below. Success! For a detailed blog on how we came to this solution you can read about it here.
Here is a picture of the panels at the lower cistern area:
Here is a look at the lower cistern, where the pump is being connected to the solar panels for the first time:
Here is a picture of the pump, and piping that siphons out the water from the cistern, and then pushes it up the hill to the upper cistern 400 feet away up a hill at a slope of about 15º, and a head height of about 30′ vertical increase (based on Google Earth Pro).
Here is a view of the trench (prior to laying the pex) and showing it was ~ two feet deep.
Here is a view of the hole that was dug for the 1000 gallon cistern.
Here is a picture of the cistern installed with the trench coming up to it:
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