Sheep among the panels: Using solar sites for pastureland

Sheep among the panels: Using solar sites for pastureland

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In partnership with the Bay Journal, the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association is providing this article to our members to publish in print or online at no cost.

A solar power boom generated by new renewable energy mandates is unfurling in the Chesapeake Bay region. Virginia, for example, was ninth in the nation for new solar capacity in 2021.

With many solar arrays ending up on farmland, a movement is fast taking hold to make sure that they will benefit the environment, agriculture and wildlife, and not just create a sea of silicon.

Allowing sheep to graze among solar panels has become one attractive antidote.

 

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The Bay Journal, founded in 1991, offers independent environmental reporting for the Chesapeake Bay region. Published 10 times a year (print) and mirrored by its website, bayjournal.com, the newspaper covers environmental issues ranging from nutrient pollution and agricultural best practices to endangered species and climate change impacts. The 64,000-mile Bay watershed reaches six states (including nearly half of Pennsylvania) and the District of Columbia.

This article and photos are offered to members of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association. PNA member publications may reprint this material free charge as long as they clearly identify it as a Bay Journal News Service article (i.e., with the byline and tagline provided). Rights for the attached photos are waived only if images will be used to accompany this story. Feel free to modify the provided captions as you see fit, as long as they remain accurate and include the photo credit as written. PNA member publications are also welcome to reprint, under the same terms, articles published on bayjournal.com. To do so, please contact Bay Journal News Service editor Tim Sayles at tsayles@bayjournal.com.