Solar water pump price in Australia Competitive than Germany’s brand
By Sophie Vorrath on November 16, 2016
A Queensland project that could deliver the state’s first solar-powered public water supply has come one step closer to fruition, after the successful completion of a pre-feasibility study.
State energy minister Mark Bailey said on Monday that the project, which will now progress to the design phase, would use renewable energy to increase the security of water supply to Mt Isa, a mining town in Queensland’s north west Gulf Country region.
Mt Isa, while boasting a bountiful solar resource, has suffered extended drought conditions, which last year resulted in water supply being shut off to some local schools.
The solar project, which is being conducted by the Mount Isa Water Board will, is examining the use of cost-effective solar pumping to bring water from Lake Julius to the town’s water treatment plant.
Mt Isa’s water supply is usually sourced from just 13km away at Lake Moondarra. But in drought conditions, it can also be sourced from Lake Julius, which is 70km away.