I am a Beekeeper and the owner of a Century farm in Saskatchewan. The existing house is heated by wood stove and plumbing is nonexistent. There is no well on site as all water was collected in a large cistern. In other words I am starting from scratch. What I do appreciate about the 100 year old farm is being self-sufficient and "off the grid". First I am building a 25'x50' heated shop with the potential to expand to another 25'x50'. I would like to use radiant floor heat. Next I intend to build a 2000-2500sq foot home and again use radiant floor heat with a wood stove or masonry heater as back up. All buildings will be slab on grade. Of course I would like to use the geothermal source to provide hot water both in the shop and in my home. I don't intend to install air conditioning or ducting of any sort. I envision a common loop horizontal field installation to service all three potential buildings. I have 720 acres at my disposal so long horizontal loops are not a problem. As I have my own excavating equipment, I intend to do the trenching and pipe installation myself, and then have a contractor install the heat pumps, tanks and controls. Most installations I have researched have had the pipe laid between 6 and 8 feet in depth. Is there any advantage to going to 10+ feet in depth? How many feet of pipe am I likely to use? How many/what size pumps will I use? Does anyone currently source or install geothermal systems that use solar power with battery backup for power? I'm sure I'll have many more questions and I appreciate all help in advance.