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Solar Pumps

GF1 Submersible Solar Pump Kit

(17 customer reviews)


The GF1 Solar Water Pump is a 12v/24v submersible water pump that has maximum lift of 100m.


Many farmers in Kenya pump water by using petrol pumps, hand or carry it in buckets from a village water collection point to their crops. Not only is this a slow and physically grueling task, but often times the shallow wells and seasonal rains mean farmers can’t grow crops in the dry season. If you are starting out in farming the costs incurred of running petrol pumps can make you give up almost immediately if you combine this challenge with other beginner setbacks that affect new farmers.

Farmers need a reliable, low-cost water pumping system to grow the extra food they need to make a poverty-busting profit.

Such a pump is the GF1 Submersible Solar Pump designed to be the perfect water pump solution.

The GF1 Submersible Solar Pump

GF1 Submersible Solar Pump is a 12v/24v DC pump which helps solve your remote farm pumping requirements. The pump has a lift of 100m and can pump 720 liters per hour under continuous flow. It is rugged, durable and long service life.

Its unique waterproof power connector can prevent water wicking and prevent potential condensation problems.


Complete Package: KES 48,000 

Includes –

  • Pump
  • 100m  PE pipe with fittings
  • Battery + Charge Controller (Lasts for 12 hours when fully charged)
  • 120 watt Solar Panel
  • 50m Electrical Cable

NB: The solar pump is “direct current” which means you can use the pump directly with the solar panels without the battery and it starts working. The battery is only included when you need to pump at night or when there is no sunlight.

Minimal Package: KES 35,000

Includes –

  • Pump
  • 120 watt Solar Panel
  • 100m PE pipe with fittings
  • 10m Electrical Cable


  • Suitable for well or larger-sized wells
  • Anti-corrosion housing, stainless steel fasteners
  • Can run dry for a short time when there is no water in the well.
  • Pump power is 120 watt can also can use battery or charge controller to run
Pump Design Submersible Solar Pump
Voltage 12V/24v DC
Maximum Lift 100m
Outlet Port 1/2 inch
Power 120 Watt Solar Panel

Pump Demo Video

You can check a video of how the pump works here >>

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a solar photovoltaic (SPV) water pump?

A solar PV Water Pump consists of a Photovoltaic array mounted on a stand, and motor pump set compatible with the photovoltaic array: As the sun’s rays falls on the solar module D.C electricity is generated and is used to run a D.C motor pump set or an A.C motor pump set. AC motor requires an inverter.

How does a solar water pump work?

As mentioned earlier, it works like any other pump set with the only difference being the solar energy used instead of nonrenewable energy for its operation. When sunlight falls on the solar panels it produces direct current (DC) which then feeds the motor to pump out the water.

What is the use of solar water pumps?

A solar water pump is used for extracting water from ponds, rivers, bore-wells or other sources of water which are then used to meet the water requirements for irrigation, community water supply, livestock and other purposes.

What are the advantages of solar pumps?

Solar pumps operate on solar energy available free with nature, and thus save expenditure on diesel or electricity.

  • The cost of operation and maintenance of solar pumps is negligible
  • Useful for water pumping in remote areas without grid power.

Are there any criteria for selecting where to install the solar water pump sets?

Yes, there are certain criteria for selecting the location for both the solar panels and the pump. In the case of the solar panels, they should be installed in an area which is shade free and has no dust or dirt, has a low incidence of bird droppings and which can provide space for unrestricted tracking movement (keeping the orientation of the solar panels in the direction of maximum solar irradiation). Also, the surface where the panels are mounted should be even. Panels should be easily accessible for cleaning and should be as close as possible to the pump and water source.

Does a solar water pump work during cloudy and foggy days? 

No. Lack of sunlight affects the working of solar water pumps. On such days, you could add a battery and solar charge controller to act as a backup system.

Can hail storm lead to the damage of the panels? What precautions should be taken during storms to save the panels?

The modern day solar panels have adequate safety features and are very unlikely to be damaged by a hail storm.

What maintenance is required for a solar powered pump? Does the performance of the solar water pumps get affected over the years of use? 

The system needs very minimal maintenance which includes cleaning of the panels on a regular basis. Cleaning maintains the efficiency of the panel without which the panel’s surface gets reduced exposure to irradiation from the dust and dirt on it.

In comparison to diesel pumps, solar water pumps have a significantly longer life expectancy and continue to produce electricity for even longer than 25 years.

Can I “pull” water out of a Well, River, Dam, Pond?

Yes, you can.

What is the size of the output pipe used by the GF1 Solar Water Pump?

1/2 inch

Drip Village was established in 2017 as an irrigation division of Graduate Farmer Limited to offer selected irrigation products at very competitive prices to farmers in Kenya.

Drip Village provides tailored irrigation systems to suit all environments, uses and budgets. These systems usually include; drip irrigation systems, shade nets, weather stations, electrical water pumps, solar water pumps and sprinkler systems rolled out on a small or large scale.

Let us take the guesswork out of operating your farm irrigation system. We can advise you on all aspects of farm irrigation including sprinkler systems, pumps, drip irrigation and automatic watering systems.



Complete Package, Minimal Package

17 reviews for GF1 Submersible Solar Pump Kit

  1. franklin kemboi

    fablous project

    • Market

      Thank you

  2. rop methusela

    who does the installation?can it pump water 25m horizontally before going to a tank 7m up?do you also have a demonstration in your port

    • Market

      Its a plug and play portable system. Yes it can. Installation is free. Yes we have a demonstration. Call us on 0798857668

  3. Stephen

    How much is the pump alone without solar array?see I already have an array I can use

    • Market

      KES 27,800

  4. benjamin muoki

    whee are you shops in Nairobi ? i want to pick 1x pc GF1 pump

    • Market

      Hello, only in Eldoret but we deliver countrywide

  5. Emmanuel

    These pumps are long lasting! Thank you guys

  6. Joseph

    how do i contact you

    • Graduate Farmer

      Hi. Call us on 098857668. We are based in Eldoret

  7. Stevo

    I bought the gf1 the other day and was anxious to have it installed and running. The volume flowrate it deliver was so encouraging, it superceded my wildest expectations, exceeded my irrigation needs and now it has even inspired me to install showers in the bathrooms on my farm 😃… Sema kuonekaniwa!

  8. nathawla

    The kit is convincing and am yet to try it out.

  9. kennedy

    where are you guys based in Nairobi

    • marketplace

      We based in Eldoret, along oginga odinga street (Samsaraline Building)

  10. Kotut

    Can it pump from 60ft well to a tank 12ft high?

    • marketplace

      Yes it can

  11. Cryptonian

    Do you have the gf1 submersible pump available or is it out of stock still.

    If out of stock, when will it be available?

    • marketplace

      We have it now.

  12. Dennis

    Looks good in the pic.
    What is the diameter of the pump?
    In inches?

    • marketplace

      3.86 inches

  13. Dennis

    When the well drys up, does the pump have protection for that?
    Can the pump run dry without burning up? Or does it have a shut mechanism to stop running when the well drys up

    • marketplace

      You can install a float switch for that

      • marketplace


  14. Ann

    What are the dimensions of the panel?

    • marketplace

      We have a variety of sizes but they range at 100cm x 90cm

  15. CORNEL


    • marketplace

      720 LPH

  16. Carol

    Need something that can pump 400 m horizontally before going to a tank 10 m up.
    What’s the remedy you’ve got?

  17. Koech Khendi

    So encouraging. My well is about 80feet. What’s recommended pump and total cost of installation?

    • marketplace

      Thank you. How many liters of water are you looking for per hour or per day?

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