The sheep, owned by the landowner and local farmer, help to control the growth of weeds and other plants, maintaining an ideal vegetation height to prevent shading on solar panels.
This sustainable approach to vegetation management creates a mutually beneficial partnership that provides a variety of important benefits to the farmer, the sheep, the community and the solar farm by:
- Providing the landowner with the ability to earn income from property leases while maintaining the existing land use for agricultural purposes;
- Helping the solar farm reduce the operating and maintenance costs associated with vegetation management;
- Delivering a more sustainable solution that further reduces carbon emissions as compared to the use of gas-powered equipment; and
- Maintaining the agricultural landscape of the local community.
Over time, CC&L Infrastructure has expanded the sheep grazing initiative from a select parcel of the solar farm lands to the entire project site. As solar energy capacity increases and new projects are developed, CC&L Infrastructure is supportive of innovative initiatives like this, which promote clean energy objectives while partnering with local communities to create lower impact solar farms that maintain agriculture activities on the same parcel of land.