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Solar projects and farm animals prove to be ‘perfect fit’

Thomas J. Prohaska of The Buffalo News writes on how solar projects and farm animals are proving to be a perfect fit.

The C3 Take
  • Opponents to solar power often argue that solar’s land footprint takes away from essential agricultural space.
  • Farmers in Western New York and around the country are beginning to tend their sheep, goats, and chickens in and around solar panel fields in a process known as “solar grazing.”
  • The innovative nature of our farmers shows that it is possible to embrace clean energy and agriculture.

“‘It’s fast becoming an industry-preferred method of vegetation control on solar sites, but still, less than 1% of the ground-mounted solar in our country is being maintained that way,’ said Caleb Scott, owner of Ithaca-based United Agrivoltaics, a company that supplies sheep to solar developers.”

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