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525 watt solar tracking system pumps water from bore 49 metres deep and delivers it uphill in a 110 metre vertical lift at 800 litres per hour

Posted by gmarkets on 5 October, 2007

When Goomburra district beef cattle producer Syd Telford glances at the sun wending its way across the Darling Downs skies he can rest assured it’s working for him to provide a reliable supply of stock water, according to Queensland Country Life (19/7/2007, p. 28).

525 watt solar tracking system pumps water from 49 meters deep: A combination of the sun and a solar tracking borehole pumping system from McCrackens at Warwick means cattle on the Telford’s 158- hectare Glengarry farm near Goomburra won’t go thirsty through such mishaps as a windmill or pump motor breakdown. Syd Telford and is wife Lesley now use the 525 watt solar tracking system to pump water from a bore 49 metres deep and deliver it uphill in a total 110 metre vertical lift at 800 litres/ hour.

$13,000 solar and pump unit: Four solar panels on the McCracken unit power a more submersible pump to lift water to a 45,000-litre tank, from which it is gravity-fed to troughs in a series of different paddocks. Cost of the whole solar and pump unit was about $13,000 all up and has greatly eased the work and worry previously associated with assuring stock water at all times.

Windmill still kept in operation: The Telfords still keep an operating windmill to help keep water flowing in extended periods of dull or cloudy weather, but most of the time they can sit back and let the solar cells and tracking get on with the job. Originally selected by Syd’s late father Arch in the early 1940s, the farm, like most local properties, originally was run as a dairy but switched to beef cattle in the early 1970s.

Queensland Country Life, 19/7/2007, p. 28

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