Thomas J. Prohaska of The Buffalo News writes on how solar projects and farm animals are proving to be a perfect fit.
- 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.”
Read the full article here.