It’s not easy to find silence in the modern world. A quiet place is one where you can listen for fifteen minutes in daylight hours without hearing a human-created sound.

If we can protect the silence of even an inch, in effect we will be protecting the natural sound scape of approximately one thousand square miles of surrounding land. It’s a first step toward the goal of preventing the extinction of silence

Anyone who has felt the oppression in a classroom or boardroom or marriage when only some are free to speak will understand what it means to be silenced—to have no voice, to be seen and not heard, to be told to “pay attention,” which means do not pay attention to any voice but one.

Silence creates an opening, an absence of self, which allows the larger world to enter into our awareness. It brings us into contact with what is beyond us, its beauty and mystery.

Silence is not the absence of sounds, but a way of living in the world—an intentional awareness, an expression of gratitude, to make of one’s own ears, one’s own body, a sounding board that resonates in its hollow places with the vibrations of the world.

I am absolutely at home in silence, these days i cannot take the noise, the unnecessary talk. I like to keep expressions simple, through the eyes, through the warmth of my body, through the strength of my arms, through a smile. Breaking the silence is only a last resort if all the above failed.

One of the observations which comes from mostly anyone who visits our farm is about the silence in the area. I used to hate the sound of our diesel pump & it really used  to create a ruckus and now that is been replaced by a solar pump & one of the first things which stuck me while watching a solar pump function was the fact that it works absolutely silently.

Here is Vivek & Arjun installing the solar panels…..

Just keep the panels facing the sun & put on the switch….. water comes gushing out, its such an amazing technology. Actually these two solar panels will produce 400 watts of electricity, which is good enough to run a house hold, apart from pumping water. Its just a beginning, lets see how it goes.

Here is some basic details of what we’ve installed:

The Solar pump :

It runs on 48V DC power and can pump water to a head of 15m or 49ft @ 2000 ltrs per hour.

If there is excess voltage the pump trips automatically. It is better to avoid this from happening.

At the bottom of the pumps is a filter which can be opened and cleaned. The black cap at the bottom needs to be unscrewed and the filter cleaned. An external mesh fitted would be easier to clean and help reduce this problem

The pump should not be switched on, in low light conditions of morning and evening.

The pump should have a maintenance free life of at least 20,000 hrs.

The Solar panels:

At present we have connected two 200W panels. Presently they give a voltage of 59V due to high voltage the pump trips, so it has been partly shaded with green cloth.

The panels should be aligned close to perpendicular towards the sun for best performance. Care should be taken while moving the panels, wires should not get stretched. This could break, loosen connections, cause short circuits and damage pump and panels.

As the temperature of the panel goes up the the panel performance will drop. During summer afternoon one may need to remove the shaded portion to keep up the performance.

Wipe panels with soft wet cloth daily too keep off dust.

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If any reader wants to harvest the sunlight falling on their land in this form, please be free to contact Vivek: vivek.mundkur@gmail.com or Arjun : arjunmundkur@gmail.com

ciao !!

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