Solar Stock Water Systems

Solar Stock Water Systems


For Wyoming ranchers water and forage are
vital to the success of their operation. Supplying water through a solar powered livestock
watering system, like the one you see behind me here, can offer a way for producers to
cost effectively deliver water to remote pastures. And there is a lot of discussion about when
and where a solar electric system such as this one would be cost effective. Now first of all a solar electric system is
more expensive than say, simply putting a generator out here to pump water or if your
electric utility already served this well it wouldn’t make sense to put in a solar
electric system here. As a rule of thumb if you’re more than a
quarter mile from a power pole a solar powered livestock watering system is probably a good
idea. There are also some very important incentives
that you want to use for this, there’s even more right now with the Farm Service Agency
drought assistance. With the Natural Resource Conservation Service
there’s a 30% tax credit that can help buy down the cost of these. Whenever a landowner is replacing a water
pump that is not connected to their local utility, they should at least consider a solar
powered livestock watering system. It can be a cost effective way to deliver
water on the dry Wyoming range. For the University of Wyoming Extension, I’m
Milton Geiger Exploring the Nature of Wyoming.

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