I came across RPS a few years back when we were first awarded an NRCS grant for our irrigation issues. Long story short...the location of our well was too far to run electricity from our barn. And even if we could, the wiring in the barn is circa 1950 and wouldn't support it. As such, our contract was modified to include an above-ground tank to pump to as the source of our drip irrigation system. From the get-go, RPS was wonderful to work with. Our rep Katelyn reviewed the NRCS specs and worked with us to get the right system in place, the 800 Solar Pump, and Turnkey kit.
I will admit, there was some confusion at the installation of the panels on the grid. I was doing the majority of the work on the weekend and it did take a little doing to reach someone. However we figured it out and Support confirmed our processes, and they indicated they were actually getting similar feedback from others so they may include more specific directions on that front in the near future.
Overall, it was an incredible experience and I'm amazed (as are our NRCS folks) at how much water this thing can push in a day, over the 700' distance, with a vertical distance not only over that terrain, but at the pump itself which required a 9' high tank (we went with 12') in order to achieve the pressure needed. It's insanely powerful!
Absolutely is working great and very impressed. Couldn't be more happy with the product and service
We are extremely happy with the RPS 800 system!!!!! I took the kit down with me to the Dominican Republic two weeks ago and we went to a village called Los Placeres. I was afraid that the solar panels which Dominican engineers recommended would be the wrong ones. They are 260 watt 31v made in Thailand. We used four of them two by two in series and the twins in parallel.
This was our very first solar powered water project and the village needed it! We had been working in Los Placeres (visiting twice a year) for the last two years and we tried to install a gravity fed system but there was not enough water from way up in the mountains. Excuse the poor way we set up the control box and the panels, but we do things very simply because we hope the local people will be able to someday duplicate the way we work. Anyway, the pump and the blessed controller worked superbly, and the pump shut down where there was not enough water in the poly tank. The water is pumped up way above where I thought it would go and it is now providing water for over 20 families.
I am very very grateful that you people know what you are doing and you make high quality components. You made it so much easier for us to work with the village and do something we never tried before. Even as the sun was overcast, the pump still could send the water all the way to the holding tank above the village. The locals are more than happy. The pump fills up the holding tank twice a day. It is a 500 gallon tank and each family has one faucet.
Thanks again! Brian