Solar Hot Water and Solar Pumps

Solar Hot Water

Heating water using electricity derived from the burning of fossil fuels represents the biggest single source of greenhouse gas emissions in an average Australian household (if you don't count the car). This pollution cost is not realised on your bill as the off-peak tariff is sold at a reduced rate.

Solar hot water systems can dramatically reduce a household’s dependency on fossil fuels. Wauchope Solar has installed and maintained hundreds of evacuated tube solar hot water systems since 2006.

Until recently, evacuated tube hot water systems were our preferred type of solar hot water system however our preference now is to install the SANDEN ECO PLUS heat pump system. This system operates like a refrigerator in reverse. It contains a fan that forces air through an evaporator that contains refrigerant. The heat in the air passes through the evaporator and is absorbed by an ozone-friendly, natural refrigerant that does not contribute to global warming. An added bonus is that the system is whisper-quiet.

As the SANDEN ECO PLUS heat pump hot water system uses so little power we also install these systems for off-grid sites.

If an evacuated-tube system is preferred, we supply and install Apricus Evacuated tube hot water systems. These systems use tube solar collectors to absorb the heat from sunlight and then raise the temperature of the water. The collectors have a vacuum between two glass layers and work similar to a thermos flask allowing them to retain up to 95% of the solar energy they capture.

Under the federal Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme, solar hot water systems qualify for a set number of solar credits. These credits are provided in the form of tradable certificates called small-scale technology certificates (STCs). The number of STCs generated for a solar hot water system depends on the model installed. It is important to note that the price of STCs fluctuates according to market conditions. Wauchope Solar offers an up-front discount for each hot water system equivalent to the total value of STCs generated.

We use local plumber Jason Roods (License 2738236) to install and service the products we sell. Jason has been working with Wauchope Solar for over 10 years and prides himself on his workmanship. Call us for a quote.


Sanden CO2 Heat pump (898mm x 725mm x 362mm) -  6 year warranty. Made in Japan

Sanden Stainless Steel Tank - 15 year warranty. Made in Australia.

Apricus Glass-Lined Storage Tanks - 10 years on cylinder

Apricus evacuated tubes - 15 years

Jason Roods – 2-year workmanship warranty



Solar Pumps

Widely used on farms and outback stations in Australia to supply bore water to livestock, solar powered water bore pumps provide an ideal water delivery solution in areas where mains electricity is not easily accessed. A typical solar powered pumping system consists of a solar panel array that powers an electric motor, which in turn powers a bore or surface pump. The water is often pumped from the ground or dam into a storage tank that provides a gravity feed, so energy storage is not needed for these systems. PV powered pumping systems are a cost-effective alternative to agricultural wind turbines for remote area water supply.

Wauchope Solar can supply solar bore and dam pumps. To provide you with an accurate quote, we require the following information:

•  Daily water required: litres
•  Horizontal distance from pump to tank: metres
•  Delivery pipe type & diameter: millimetres
•  Vertical rise from water to surface: metres
•  Vertical rise from surface to top of tank: metres
•  If bore or well, what is total depth: metres
•  Diameter of bore casing: millimetres
•  Are auto cut-off switches required? Yes / No


02 6587 5254

9 Merrigal Road,
Port Macquarie
NSW 2444

Mobile: 0448 875 254