I am in need of a small (4 station) solar powered automatic sprinkler
system that is reasonably priced. I have been unable to find any sources or
plans for such a setup. Any help would be much appreciated.
Plenty of people have their own wells.
In many countries, power outages are a daily fact of life. In the US, many
people who live on farm lands, lose power everytime it rains.
A buddy of mine grew up on a ranch, every major storm they'd lose power for
a few days because the utilities fixed the power problems in the city first.
They'd run the generator for a few hours to power the well pump and a few
lights and stuff around the house, the hot water heater and the cooking was
all on propane, the house was heated by a wood stove. Septic system took
care of the sewer.
Oh, I thought that the OP simply wanted to avoid using a transformer to run
the valves. You seem to believe that he wants to run the entire system,
well pump and all, from a solar panel. I think the cost would be very high
and one wonders what is being irrigated by such a system. Does the OP want
a power source at each valve or is the power going to be distributed through
wires to the vales?
I don't know what he wants, but a solar power system to power a house is
getting within range of many home owners. One to power a well and
sprinkler system would be much smaller, and thus relatively cheap.
As with all such installations, pay-back times are "conservatively"
estimated. I wish I had put a ground-effect heat-pump into my house when
I built it 25 years ago. The payback time was estimated at 25 years. In
fact, it would have paid for itself in about 15 years, at the rate
energy prices were and are increasing. I might still install one, since
the major cost would be drilling the holes into the ground, and if (as I
expect) we hit water a mere 25 feet down or so, they won't have to be
very deep. In real terms, such installations are cheaper now than 25
years ago, too.
Not too far away from here, only an hour or so into the bush, an
acquaintance runs his whole house off a solar system. Heats with wood,
cooks with wood and bottled gas. Last time I was out there, he was
experimenting with a water turbine to drive a generator. His test
installation generated 5KW, a respectable amount. He figures he could
easily generate 10-15KW with his water source, which is a small lake on
a plateau about 80 feet above his house. He would use less than half the
Fact is, a typical suburban house has more than enough roof surface to
power a solar system for lights, TV, computer, and refrigerator. In many
areas of the country, solar water heating is feasible, too. (My sister
and bro-in-law in central Calif. have been heating their water with
solar for nigh on twenty years. They replaced the original green vinyl
water pipe this fall. When first installed, the water was too hot - they
ahd to install a mixing valve to keep the water at a safe temperature,
and that valve was the priciest part of their system.)
You make a lot of good points. I guess that I don't see how you could save
much money running an irrigation system on solar power. Maybe there is some
demanding installation where the system is used for hours on end. My lawn
system is on for an hour a week, if that, and only for about three or four
months a year. The time to recover my investment in solar power generation
for that system would be measured in centuries.
The OP asked for " ... a small (4 station) solar powered automatic sprinkler
system that is reasonably priced.
To me that means a controller and maybe four valves. I guess you could
assume that it could be just about anything once you are outside the box.
I"m starting to think this is a really stupid thread, the original poster
has disappeared and not provided any further clarifying information.
Anyways, since we're now giving wild guesses, how about we a nuclear powered
dehumidifier to extract the water from the air, then we can distribute that
water through a series of high pressure misters, eliminating the need for a
Not necessarily. Many times people forget they posted where they did
and don't return. Maybe the OP did a search and found what her or she
was looking for. That's why I just give simple answers. If the OP
comes back with further questions, they I dig around and get more
specific. It is always interested to see the anger or nastiness come
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