A photovoltaic-powered water pumping project comprising of several rural electric cooperatives and their customers is described in detail. A number of remote water pumping installations in the state of Wyoming, USA, are currently operating as a result of this project. The design, installation and performance monitoring of these systems are discussed. In general, it can be stated that PV-powered water pumping in this state has been a cost-effective alternative to distribution line extension or other conventional means of water pumping. Customer satisfaction, in terms of functional adequacy and low maintenance requirements of these systems, is high. The benefit for the electric utilities concerned, are cost savings and better customer relations.


Electrical and Computer Engineering

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PV Power Systems; USA; Cost; Design; Electric Utilities; Functional Adequacy; Installation; Maintenance Requirements; Performance; Photovoltaic Power Systems; Project; Project Engineering; Pumps; Remote Power Generation; Water Pumping; Water Supply

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Article - Journal

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© 1993 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), All rights reserved.

Publication Date

01 Jan 1993