Pollinators & Productive Sheep: A More Sustainable Solar Development Method

Implementation of co-beneficial land-use practices around solar power arrays improves upon sustainable energy development in a practice known as ‘agrivoltaics’.
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In June, before the sheep arrived (including Apple, Flopsy, Flora, Patches, Sarah and Wendy, pictured in the top banner image), weeds and invasive plant species threatened to take over the solar array.
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By mid-August, the 22 sheep that grazed around the solar arrays had knocked away the weeds and invasive plant species to manageable levels. They will return in 2022.
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Alyssa Olson and the Golder team used 22 sheep for vegetation management on the solar power property. Next spring, the sheep will return to dine on emerging weeds.

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Alyssa Olson
Project Geologist
United States

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Keith Tollenaere
Senior Scientist
United States

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Nathan Ring
Ecologist
United States