I am glad to report that we have finally completed
the solar project for our pond.
All up it took us about 6 weekends to complete but we are overjoyed with
the final result.
A large chunk of the time was taken up designing and constructing a pair
of adjustable mounting frames
to maximise exposure all year round. We also had a couple of false
starts which turned out to be the
battery being a bit too small. A test run with a car battery proved
successful and this has now been
replaced with a more suitable sealed deep-cycle battery.
I am happy to report that the pump is starting up at about 5:30am and
shutting down about 5:30pm. As
you can see in the photos, the system is also in close proximity to our
observatory, which in future,
may draw on the solar power with the addition of a panel or two.
For your information, the main components of this system include:
- Laguna Powerjet "Free Flo" 9000
- 2 x Unisolar 64W panels (Creative Pumps no longer sells this panel,
replaced by a better
- Xantrex 150 Inverter
- 44ah SLA Deep-cycle battery
- CP Solar Regulator
I would like to thank your team and particularly yourself for the
excellent support and advice offered
during this project. I hope the attached photos can help others in
their solar pond project.