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Solar-powered automation on irrigation delivery systems




Hilton, Arlen, author
Hansen, Roger, author
Hyatt, Jackie, author
Berger, Bret, author
U.S. Committee on Irrigation and Drainage, publisher

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For the last 20 years, the Bureau of Reclamation (Provo Area Office) has been working with irrigators throughout the Intermountain West to develop, install, and test solar-powered DIY (do-it-yourself) gate actuators and other water monitoring and control devices. To date, over 100 control devices have been installed in Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, Colorado, and New Mexico. Demonstration units have also been sent to Kansas, Mexico, and China. Reclamation has also worked with several manufacturers and vendors in the development of 24-VDC commercial gate actuators. Additionally, manufacturers have started marketing a wide variety of complete automated solar-powered gate units.


Presented at the fifth international conference on irrigation and drainage, Irrigation and drainage for food, energy and the environment on November 3-6, 2009 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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