The Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Irrigation Technology Center-School of Irrigation will conduct a new course on solar-powered and other renewable-energy irrigation systems.
Energy for Landscape Irrigation” will be held 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. July 27 at
317 Scoates Hall on the Texas A&M University
campus in College Station.
Swanson, AgriLife Extension landscape irrigation specialist and one of the
course instructors, says that the class was designed in response to public
demand for ways to use renewable energy to power irrigation systems.
have become very conscious of both the increased cost of water and the
electricity to power irrigation systems,” Swanson says. “They want a green
The course primarily
will focus on two types of renewable energy, solar power and wind power, he explains.
a focus on booster-pumps on non-pressurized systems, especially where people
want to utilize water from a pond or rain-water collection tank,” he says.
notes that there are new products on the market that can bring down the initial
cost of a renewable-energy system.
example, there are now direct-power solar pumps that are designed without
batteries to run only a few hours a day,” he says. “Not having batteries means
the cost is about halved in most cases.”
to learning how to design and operate pumping systems that utilize wind and
solar energy, students also will learn how to determine peak irrigation-water
requirements, calculate irrigated area and determine water-storage
requirements, Swanson says.
is $155 for licensed irrigators, irrigation technicians and irrigation
inspectors, all of whom will receive eight continuing education units toward
renewal of their licenses upon completion of the course.
for non-licensed Texas Nursery Landscape Association members and Texas Master
Gardeners is $116.25. To register online, go tohttps://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/,
and search for the keyword “renewable.”
information, contact Swanson at 979-845-5614, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information
on other irrigation courses can be found athttp://irrigation.tamu.edu.