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3.6 Watt for battery light bulb box heating

CAP F5 Submersible Pump 72 Watts at 50 feet

Float Activated Mercury Switch

3.6 Watt for battery light bulb box heating

Andy's Water Hole

CAP F5 Submersible Pump 72 Watts at 50 feet

Above: The insulated battery box, breaker box and charge controller inside the battery room.

the water replenishes. We did install a 40 watt light bulb for heat in the water bowl in case of emergency but it has never been needed. It could be handy if the cattle had to be moved.

We separated the solar electric fence equipment that keeps the cattle out of the Little Skootamatta River from the water pumping station. The reasons were that if the fencer fails, the cattle will still stay around the building for the water, and that if there is a failure in the pumping station the fencer will continue keep the cattle in. The Solar Striker fencer will handle 5 miles of single strand wire and run for 15 days with no sun. It is simple to install. Just drive a ground rod on an angle facing south and strap the fencer unit to the rod. One wire goes to the ground rod and the other to the fence.

We have some pretty bad weather for alternative energy in December and January so we have provided lots of battery storage. When it is dull for days on end the tracker sure helps. It is during times like this that the wind generator does its part to ensure the batteries are fully charged because during cloudy, dull days there is usually wind.

I put a very small fuse-protected light bulb (a dash light drawing .3 A) in the battery box to keep the batteries warm and also to prevent temperature swings which can cause condensation and corrosion. Hydro Caps have eliminated an elaborate venting system for the battery box and because things on most farms do not tend to be serviced unless they are broken, they should lengthen battery life by keeping electrolyte levels up.

I drilled a 3/8 inch hole in the battery box lid and inserted the temperature compensation sensor probe from the charge controller. The other necessary wires exit the battery box through a hole mid way up the back and are siliconed in place to plug the hole and prevent chafing. I put an APT Smartlight just inside the door of the components section of the building so that battery status can be determined at a glance.

The site is fairly high with an excellent view from the top of the wind generator tower. So just in case of lightning I put 90° bends in the wires coming down the tower. Lightning should come out of the wire and go to ground rather than make the abrupt turn. An APT Lightning Arrestor is also in line. Each component is protected by an appropriate size Square D breaker so we can isolate every part of the system.

The water pump is made here in Canada by CAP and there are several things I like about this particular 12 V deep well submersible. It is easily serviceable to

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