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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Electricity.  It can also be used as a BB for the plumbing sand badge.   TWOFER! (when you have completed this one badge, it counts as a BB for both the electricity badge and the plumbing badge - you don't have to do it twice)

In this Badge Bit, you will install a solar powered water pump.  This is a direct solar-to-pump scenario.  Extremely simple.   No batteries.  No A/C.  

Holding water high in your landscape is a goal many of us strive for.  If it doesn't naturally appear there, you might have to pump it up there.  A solar pump will move the water up only when the sun shines.  Sometimes, that's enough.   This also helps to aerate water for aquatic life.

Some related articles
  - Solar Water Pumping Basics, Part 1 and Part 2
  - Build Your Own Solar Powered Water Pumping Station
  - Practical Introduction to Solar Water Pumping and guide
  - Complete Guide to Installing a Solar Powered Water Pump
  - How Do I Install a Frost Proof Yard Hydrant?

Here are a few videos:
Simpler set-up:

Nicer set-up:

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - set up a solar water pump (combo w plumbing badge)
         o no battery
         o direct solar panel to pump
         o minimum of 5 gallons per minute
         o air lift technique is acceptable/preferred

you must provide pictures or video showing:
   - the area where the pump and panel will be installed
   - the pump and panel before you install/assemble them
   - in-progress installation
   - the completed installation
   - water coming out of the pipe
   - description of the materials and process, including how 5gpm was measured

1 point for a temporary test - something that can be put away after the BB is complete

2.5 points for a permanent installation
   - at least 10 feet of head
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