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Solar-Powered Livestock Watering Systems

Credit: 2 PDH or CE Hours
Course Fee: $18.00
14 pages

Course Summary:

Many livestock producers allow their animals’ free access to the rivers, streams and creeks that run through rural Tennessee. Along these surface water sources are areas commonly referred to as riparian zones. A well vegetated riparian zone establishes a buffer between agricultural land and surface water sources. These buffer strips filter and purify water as it moves across the riparian zone, reduce sediment loads and support soil stability while providing additional benefits such as improved wildlife and fisheries habitat. Over time, allowing livestock access to these buffer areas can lead to poorly vegetated riparian zones with unstable, erosion-prone stream banks. Livestock producers are hearing more these days about the need to protect water quality through riparian zone management. Allowing the riparian zone to revegetate by removing or limiting livestock access to these buffer areas is one method of protecting water quality. However, the major problem most livestock producers face when considering limiting cattle access to riparian zones is that these rivers, streams and creeks are the only water source for their livestock.

Learning Objective:

  • Introduction
  • How Does Solar Water Pumping System Work?
  • Photovoltaic Panels
  • Solar (DC) Water Pumps
  • Solar-Powered Water Pumping System Configurations
  • Battery-coupled Solar Pumping Systems
  • System Components
  • Pump Controller
  • Charge Control Regulators
  • Batteries
  • Direct-coupled Solar Pumping System
  • System Component
  • Power Controllers
  • Selecting a Solar-powered Water Pumping System
  • Cost
  • Livestock Water Requirements
  • Sizing the System
  • Installing the System
  • Mounting PV Panels
  • Wiring
  • Water Delivery System
  • Pump Sets
  • Maintenance
  • Demonstration Systems

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Course Content

Course Author: University of Tennessee

Course 1

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Certificate of completion of the course

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This online PDH or CE course can also be used as a continuing education course for the following.

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