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Looking for solar power enthusiasts, best deals on panels and controllers, anyone here into that sort of thing?

I decided to take my water well off the grid and go solar, been calling around and best prices are about $5000. (so far) Most of the price is in the panels and the controller, and the rack.

I can build my own rack. Not sure if I could build, or would want to, the solar panels. I hear people doing it but don't know how good they are. Anyone here ever do that sort of thing?

The water pump is a 2100 watt brushless pump. There's about 80' of head (Bottom of well to top of water tank)

I'm thinking of (8) 240 watt panels, that'll get me close enough. (I'm shooting for 50 Gallons Per Minute flow rate)

A bigger pump would get me more G.P.M. but I would have to add 8 more panels.

My questions are, has anyone here done this sort of thing? Anyone here a solar panel installer/seller? Do you know where I can get "blemished" panels? Know of anyone with a bone yard of solar equipment? Do you know of any good websites that deal with this sort of thing?

Thanks in advance for any tips you have

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I want to plant a lot of fruit trees

and do aquaponics as well. I don't know if I need 50 GPM but thought better to have too much capacity than not enough. I plan on putting a tank on a stand 20 feet in the air. (the property is flat)

I've got to talk to some local gardeners about how much water is needed for citrus and other trees.

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

Look into hugalculture! Your

Look into hugalculture!

Your watering problem solved.

Hugelkultur--I am trying this now myself...

Or check out www.gardenpool.org

Good stuff. The mounds are awesome in Hugelkultur if it works as advertised. It helps if you have a lot of old rotting trees in a forest but there is always the straw bale option...


I am currently building mounds that will be about 5-6 feet tall when finished. It also helps to have a tractor with a nice loader attached.

I Am Interested In "Learning" About Solar Power Also.

Here is a link that talks about solar power:



Here is a solar site...

Here is a solar forum site that is mostly about DIY solar projects of all kinds.I recently posted my "Ricks 8 layer zero pass solar heater" with photos in the members projects section. Check it out, lots of info and lots of good people willing to help and share on most types of solar projects.



Thanks for the link

I like it because she can probably refer me to best prices on panels since they do such humongo jobs

I'd like to do bees around here too, any ideas for a know nothing dumbass like me?

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

That's a wonderful idea re bees. :)

Thank you. We need more people like you wanting to keep hives! I'd like to add the following recommendations.

~ I always find this site inspiring, Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary. Under "The Bees," click on "Gallery" and start the slideshow. The photos are EXQUISITE! https://spikenardfarm.org

~ Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture, by Ross Conrad http://www.amazon.com/Natural-Beekeeping-Organic-Approaches-...

~ See also this poem, written in conjunction with a course on biodynamic farming & gardening, of which beekeeping was one of the topics covered. http://www.dailypaul.com/281864/to-bee-or-not-to-bee

Good luck with your plans, Ira.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

A Link To Beekeeping Info:


Hint: It takes millions of flowers to produce surplus Honey, however Orange Blossom Honey is said to be one of the best types of Honey.