Solar Water Pump Project Alvin Texas
- Here are some details on a solar water pump that was just started in the
Alvin area by Kim Reid and assisted by Harvest Solar.
Kim has done amazing things for this public school 1-6 grade all with
donated or his own funds. He was given a 2 acre site to
develop a greenhouse and environmentally friendly area to teach the kids
animal husbandry, landscaping, 4H and other things.
he build a 80 by 20 foot greenhouse, pond, water pump and installed cedar
posts, over 100 different kinds of plants and two water well.
We helped him with the submersible well, 4" casing, water is only 20 foot
down, He had a boyscout build a 20 foot tower and is installing
a 200 gallon tank. The working will be as follows. water will be pumped
from the well to fill the water tank, from there a surface pump will
keep the lines pressurized and provide pressurized water to allow the
students to water the plants at will.
We designed a dual pump system, (in process of installation) that has 2 BP
Solar panels charging 4 225 amp 6 volt batteries that feed both the
downhole pump and the surface pump. There is also an DC to AC inverter to
allow the use of AC appliances.
Here is a picture of the site, the tower and tank will be installed in a
week or so. It is wired and working.
This is a good example of what can be done with solar and a little
creativity. They initially wanted just to fill the tank but being a 4 to 9
gallon per minute
pump this would have taken about 3 hours leaving the solar panels wasted for
most of the day. By coupling them to batteries and an AC inverter, the
tank can be filled and the solar power used to spray, light, heat or any
number of other things as needed by the user.
Kim Reed is very active in the Habitat for Humanity project in Alvin,
Friendswood and Pearland, and in Mexico.
I can send system diagrams if anyone is interested. Here is a picture of
Kim and some of the park. Well casing can be seen in white, tower and tank
being built now. On the other well he is installing a wind generator to
show how they can
pump water as well. This is an old style wind generator. When done we will
send completed pictures.
There are projects going on out there, just not always time to publicize
them and not sure how you all feel about using this group for business.
By all means let us know if you want to tour any of these sites and if you
have any questions.
We are working on several Solar Water Heating projects and pool heaters.
Harvest Solar and Wind Power
1571 East 22 Place
Tulsa, OK 74114
http://www.harvest-energy.com Web site down.
----- Original Message -----
From: "tjwangvs" <tjunker@...>
Sent: Sunday, December 28, 2003 6:11 PM
Subject: [hreg] Re: Solor Energy anyone?
> I've been wondering the same thing. I joined because I have a keen
> interest in PV and in starting a business installing and servicing
> residential and small business PV systems. What I've seen have been
> postings about solar cookers, a lot about the extras needed for the
> film event in Austin, and just *one* posting about a real PV
> system. Anyone in the Houston area who has looked knows that there
> is virtually nothing happening here. The only brick and mortar
> business in the area that claims to be in the business turned out to
> be a joke when I dropped in on them a few months ago.
> I've been interested in alternative energy for about 35 years. When
> I first developed the interest it was the days of The Whole Earth
> Catalog but virtually nothing was being manufactured and nothing was
> available off the shelf, so it was a field mostly for those
> independently wealthy hobbyist/engineers who could afford to tinker
> in it. I got busy with other things and stopped paying attention.
> This past summer my interest was rekindled by $400/mo electricity
> bills. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that *everything*
> needed for PV installations is not only now available off the shelf,
> it is a mature field with multiple manufacturers of all the
> components and a track record that makes PV eminently viable. And
> yet deployment, despite highly touted demonstration sites, is
> virtually nil.
> The fact that PV power is still marginally more expensive than
> utility power is irrelevant in my opinion. This market can be
> opened up now because there are enough people like me to make it
> happen -- people who don't care whether PV will save money in
> accounting terms but who dream of sitting on the patio, Bacardi and
> Coke in hand, giggling as we watch the electric meter run backward.
> At any cost even approximately in the ballpark I want freedom from
> relentless utility bills, relentless rate increases, relentless
> nickle-and-diming through schemes such as the "fuel adjustment." I
> want to know that no matter what I paid for the PV system, all the
> future shenanigans of the utility companies will be irrelevant to me.
> I'm in the 290/1960 area and very serious about getting into the PV
> systems business. I have a house and yard with considerable
> southern sky exposure and I have the technical background
> appropriate to set up my own PV system. What I lack at the moment
> is funds, but even that could change without outside help because my
> primary business has substantial peaks as well as troughs.
> I also have a friend in the mortgage business. I'm trying to prod
> him to interest his company in developing expertise in the specialty
> of Energy Efficient Mortgages.
> I'd like to hear from others who are bored to tears by solar cookers
> and solar water heaters and would like to *do* something about real,
> multi-KW PV.
> One way or another I'm going to do this, and I'm going to end up in
> this business. I'd like to hear from others who are similarly
> driven and who would like to see hreg mean something more than a BBQ
> or political debating club.
> Reply to solar at tjunker dot com
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Richard D. Kelley" <rdkelley@p...>
> > When I looked at the hreg website there was mention of projects
> > such as solar powered Air conditioning and Solar lawn mowers.
> > Or is this only a political site? Does anyone share any ideas
> > about the practical applications of solar panel or wind? Or
> > should I just read my Home Power magazine.
> > Thank you,
> > Richard D. Kelley, PMP
> > Certified Project Manger
> > Rdkelley@p...
> > (281) 933 - 3958
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- --- In email@example.com, "John Miggins" <jmiggins@c...> wrote:
> Here are some details on a solar water pump that was just startedI cannot speak for the group or its guidelines (?), but I for one
> in the Alvin area by Kim Reid and assisted by Harvest Solar.
> Kim has done amazing things for this public school 1-6 grade all
> with donated or his own funds...
> There are projects going on out there, just not always time to
> publicize them and not sure how you all feel about using this
> group for business.
have no objection to directly alternative energy business mention
here for one very simple reason: until the field develops (hey,
until it shows even a glimmer of *life* in the Houston area!),
anything is better than nothing, and signs of life, no matter the
context, can only help fire the interest and imagination of people
patiently waiting for something to happen.
That said, and with advance apologies since I don't in any way wish
to disparage anyone's efforts, volunteer projects and solar water
heating bore me to tears. Call it a personal thing and forgive me.
I can drive for hours in my corner of Harris County and not see a
single solar panel of any type, much less an array of PV panels.
What interests me is real PV being planned or done in the multi-KW
region. That' because what will make a difference to the country
and to Texas is wide deployment of PV to displace or augment
conventional utility power. I've scoured the Internet and found the
Texas Infinite Energy and Million Solar Roofs programs, the Energy
Efficient Mortgage guarantee programs, the corporate franchise tax
exemption, the property tax appraisal exemption, etc... pretty much
all the pieces one could want except a Kalifornia-style rebate,
which is what everyone seems to be waiting for.
I don't need or want to wait. If utility electricity costs me 10
cents and amortized PV will cost me 20 cents, I don't care -- I want
it. I may be in a minority, but believe me, I'm not the only one.
The early implementors will be people like me who just want to DO IT.
The premise of Texas Infinite Energy is very interesting. Texas is
large and, for its area, underpopulated. Growth in Texas is
severely limited by the high cost of building power plants and
distributing electricity over our long distances. Someone in Austin
had a few brian cells functioning when they realized that a
beautiful answer to the limits on the economic growth of the Texas
economy is alternative energy, generated close to the new centers of
consumption and thereby bypassing the traditional constraints. It's
a surprisingly logical concept to find in anything sponsored by a
But I notice that a lot of the grant money at all levels is targeted
at public entities. Maybe it's a Good Thing that the library or the
county office building or the federal facility covers its roof with
PV and saves a ton on utility bills, but my take on that is that A)
it doesn't do diddly for thee or me, and B) any money saved by
government will promptly be committed to new spending. We will
*never* see any tax bill lowered as a result of such projects.
Were I alrady in the PV or wind power business, yes, I might bid on
such contracts, because it's almost the only thing that is going
on. But what I'd really like to be doing is building a business
that puts PV on homes and small businesses to give them the freedom
I'd like to have from future rate hikes and nonsense charges.
Substantial economic benefits will accrue to the sunshine States
that deploy PV and wind power early on. Eventually, substantial
benefits will accrue to the country by reduced dependence on foreign
oil. And it's not just economic, it's also political. Who among us
hasn't considered that we might have been a lot tougher with the
Saudis over their connections to terrorism were it not for the fact
that if we were cut off from Saudi oil overnight our economy might
collapse? How far did we go in compromising our security interests
due to dependence on foreign oil? Clearly the nation will wake up
to this within a short time and there will be a major shift in
attitudes a policies with regard to alternative energy, but the time
to start is NOW, even if we just start as individuals and small
> By all means let us know if you want to tour any of these sitesDespite my comments above I wouldn't rule that out, because the
> and if you have any questions.
technology is the technology no matter the context in which it is
deployed. More of us need to *see* the stuff in action, to *touch*
it, to get the gut feel that it's real.
I've already called one of the people on this list and we had a very
nice, productive conversation. The benefits even of just comparing
notes are already evident. Moreover, we discovered that we have a
lot more in common than we might have thought. Possibilities abound.
How about this? If anyone within, say, 30 minutes or whatever you
consider easy driving time of NW Harris County contact me and I'll
see what I can do about setting up an informal meeting so we can get
to know each other. Maybe we'll make some good connections, maybe
we'll find some new friends, maybe some business possibilities will
emerge. It can't possibly be negative -- it has to be positive, so
let's try to get together. If it works we can try larger meets
encompassing more people.
Reply to solar at tjunker dot com
- At 05:37 PM 12/29/2003, you wrote:
>--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "John Miggins" <jmiggins@c...> wrote:We already have this. They're called HREG meetings. Here's a link with more
> > Here are some details on a solar water pump that was just started
> > in the Alvin area by Kim Reid and assisted by Harvest Solar.
> > ...
> > Kim has done amazing things for this public school 1-6 grade all
> > with donated or his own funds...
> > ...
> > There are projects going on out there, just not always time to
> > publicize them and not sure how you all feel about using this
> > group for business.
>How about this? If anyone within, say, 30 minutes or whatever you
>consider easy driving time of NW Harris County contact me and I'll
>see what I can do about setting up an informal meeting so we can get
>to know each other. Maybe we'll make some good connections, maybe
>we'll find some new friends, maybe some business possibilities will
>emerge. It can't possibly be negative -- it has to be positive, so
>let's try to get together. If it works we can try larger meets
>encompassing more people.
Thank you for your interest.