Solar Water Pumping: A Do-it-yourself ExampleJoe Pattie owns and operates an Angus-cross cattle farm near Lead Hill, Arkansas. Many of his pastures have small ponds or creeks to supply livestock drinking water; others are on permanently fenced ridge tops with very little access to water during the normally dry summer and fall. He started looking for a reliable remote water pumping solution for a 38-acre pasture with no direct access to water. He decided drilling a new well was the most logical solution.
Joe Pattie with solar panels set at 24 degrees for summer water pumping and tripod for pulling pump in background. Photo by Leif Kindberg.
"I was interested in trying out solar pumping," says Pattie. "It sounded pretty reliable."