Solar Powered watering system

Dec 27, 2007 08:09 pm
Solar Powered watering system

I am new to this.  I am wanting to build a solar powered water system that pumps from a small pond and goes about a half a mile over some hills and I want it to water about 25 trees.  I don't want it to run all the time and for only about 2 hours a day for awhile and then only a few hours a day the rest of the week once the trees have set in.  I am wondering what I need to accomplish this any information will help. The area where this will be at get lots of suns it is in west Texas near El Paso.  The lake I feel needs to be a surface pump.  I am not around this area a lot so it needs to be asself maintaining as possible.  The water is murky so I am sure a filter system is needed.
9 Posts
Dec 28, 2007 12:05 pm
Re: Solar Powered watering system

WooHoo, 1/2 mile away?  Wow, I dont think my 5.5hp gas Honda trash pump would push water that far! I think I would be considering a well and a in well pump with a mppt pump control and timer.
462 Posts
Jan 3, 2008 12:13 pm
Re: Solar Powered watering system

What is the elevation between the pond and the field? It may be best to install a holding tank at or near the pond at an elevation that would provide a gravity feed to the field. One half mile would still be a lot of pipe, but still may be more affordable than a large pumping system. Small DC booster pumps, with dedicated PV and perhaps a flow switch, along the way may work out for the hilly areas.

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