Solar Pump Projects
In 2004 the Governor allocated a total of $500,000
for the Wyoming Solar Photovoltaic and Wind Powered Stock Water Pumping
Initiative. Conservation Districts were asked to be the entities
that accepted applications for solar power projects. The South Big Horn
Conservation District selected a team of individuals to review the
applications and recommend final landowner selections. The list of
approved projects were then submitted to the University of Wyoming.
Two rounds of applications were considered and Doyle Ranch, Tom Shirran,
and Hamilton Ranch, all from Hyattville, were selected.
Systems are to be used for water well
applications, pumping water out of streams into storage tanks, and other
appropriate applications that will benefit wildlife habitat and improve
livestock distributions. The program included provisions that
after two years, the producers owned the solar pumping system.
During the first two years, producers had to agree to work with the
University of Wyoming to showcase their working system.
Funds were used to purchase solar panels, pumps,
and wiring hardware to help offset new technology costs. Producers
were asked to provide in-kind match to include construction of concrete
pads, well drilling costs, fencing materials, maintenance costs, and
other materials to complete the project. Dr. Sadrul Ula, Energy Advisor
with Governor Freudenthal's Office, and Steve Fletcher, University of
Wyoming Electric Motor Training and Testing Center provided the
technical expertise necessary to install the solar systems.