How do I run my pool pump on solar power?

How do I run my pool pump on solar power?

Take your pool pump off grid

Pool owners are aware of how much energy pool pumps require. It takes more than 5,000 KWh per year to operate most standard pool pumps, financially affecting energy bills. Switching to solar-powered pool pump systems harnesses the sun’s power for free pool pump operation. It reduces long-term costs associated with keeping your pool clean and well-circulated.

Likewise, homeowners can use solar-powered pool pumps for water features, such as ponds, waterfalls, bubblers, and fountains.

solar pool pump installation in Plumstead
The great South African sun!

Using our great South African sun to help convert some of our energy drainers in our home to use solar, just make complete sense!

You can install a ‘pool pump’ and dedicate 2-6 solar panels to power it. The solar panels are wired directly into the pool pump and when the sun is shining your pool pump will run. Your panels are not connected to the grid!

Unboxing a Solar Pool Pump

Here Jools from Handyman Homes is unboxing the solar pool pump and solar panels.

Benefits of installing a Solar Pool Pump

  • Your pool pump is not connected to the grid so you will never pay for grid electricity to power it.
  • The solar panels connected to the pump are not connected to the grid.
  • The panels can be mounted on a structure close to your pool – no need to take up valuable roof space.
  • The pool pump will run less in winter and more in summer – which synchronises well with swimming season. 
  • It saves you on electricity costs.
  • Solar pumps are usually efficient and low maintenance. For so little in the way of installation, upgrade, or service until a low hassle, low-cost solution is deployed regularly. 
  • Their life expectancy will double that of traditional pumps too

Installation of a Solar Pool Pump in Cape Town:

  • This system is installed in the Southern Suburbs in Cape Town
  • To allow us to stay close to the pump, we have used a mast to place the panels
  • This adds to the efficiency of the system
  • It also gives us much more flexibility in how we can direct the sunlight onto the panels
  • Every installation varies.
  • It depends on the customer needs, the position of the swimming pool and the position of the property
  • The pump is a 48 Volt system on a DC Brushless technology
  • Its very quiet and very efficient and it has been working well
  • The panels are two 48 Volt panels wired in parallel
  • They are installed by our qualified electrician, meaning all the work is guaranteed
  • They also come with a 10 years manufactures guarantee
  • The mask and bracket were well engineered to withstand the strong winds that we experience in Cape Town
  • Very proud to offer to all our customers
  • Free electricity to run your pool
  • No more paying for power to clean your pool

This is a great option, with the cost of electricity increasing annually, this really is a money saver.

Contact our team on info@handymanhomes.co.za or 071 319 2831 for more information.

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  1. Mark says:

    Please provide me with a quote for a pool solar heating system

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  3. Dave says:

    Hi. I live in Pietermaritzburg and would like to use solar only to power my pool pump. Any advice please?

  4. iain says:

    Good Day,

    Please can you come see me regarding the solar system for my pool pump set up.

  5. Francois says:

    Do you supply the mounting only? I need to mount only one panel for a household inverter, so I only need the pole, bracket, and wire.

  6. Bryan Johnston says:

    Besides potentially some cost savings on setting up a dedicated solar pool pump, isn’t it a better option to set up a modest solar power solution with inverter and Lithium batteries that can also feed into the pool pump?

    I’m assuming this is a more flexible solution because it supplies not only the pool pump but a house too?

    Assuming a 1kW pool pump, wouldn’t it be feasible to set up a small solar/battery solution with a hybrid inverter?

  7. Lil says:

    you’ll never recover the cost in your lifetime, even when paying Eskom you will never get to this cost.

  8. GvdW says:

    Why does it cost so much? A kit with pump and panels etc. can cost around R16k (without installation of course), but at R56k you will never see the benefit of the cost saving on electricity….

  9. Bobby Fairlamb says:

    Hi there I have a +-60000 litre pool with a 1: 3.7A
    IP55 ESPA 2025 S.L.
    17820 Banyoles
    p1: 0.8kW pump motor.
    Please quote me for a solar solution on this.
    I live in Marina Da Gama

    • Jools Collins says:

      You need a dc pump to run solar, so your need to replace your existing pump for a dc unit.
      R56,000inc vat
      Supplied and installed

  10. george says:

    how much for solar kit to run my swimming pool 55000ltrs water

  11. Angie says:

    Can a normal (non-solar) pool pump be run using solar power?

    • Elize Swart says:

      Got a very small pool , about 6000 liters, need price on the smallest system available. Will install myself.

  12. Chris says:

    Need price for solar system for pool and wellpoint pump

    • Jools Collins says:

      We only do pool pumps.
      Starting from R46,000inc vat
      Supplied and installed.
      40,000l pool

      • Shoane says:

        Need solar pool panels

  13. Jonathan Snyders says:


    What will the price be for a solar poolpump kit to drive a 55000L pool?

    • Jools Collins says:

      R56,000inc vat
      Supply and install

  14. Shane sutherland says:

    Got a very small pool , about 6000 liters, need price on the smallest system available. Will install myself.

    • Jools Collins says:

      The small system we do is for a pool up to 40,000l.
      R46,000inc vat

  15. Malcolm Gordon says:

    I have a 65000l pool. What will it cost to convert to solar

    • Jools Collins says:

      R56,000inc vat

    • Vii says:


      Did you get a response on this or what have you done with your pool.
      I am also looking for a solar option for the pool pump.


  16. Simon says:

    Price on solar for pool pump.
    Cape Town

    • Jools Collins says:

      The price depends on the size of pool, starting price is R45,000inc vat. For a 40,000l pool

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