SOLAR ARRAY GRAZING SERVICES

Vegetation management is essential to optimal performance of solar panels. Tall weeds and creeping vines compromise efficiency surprisingly quickly. Sheep provide a more effective, labor-efficient, and environmentally friendly method of vegetation control than mechanical mowing, string trimming, and herbicide use. In this model, a sheep producer is contracted to keep a flock at the site during the growing season.

Owens Farm provides this service for Susquehanna University’s solar array in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.

Our flock can help with your solar project. Contact us at info@owensfarm.com. Consulting services available. 

 

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Solar arrays are ideal from an animal welfare standpoint: plenty of shade, shelter, and food.

Sheep thrive on the grasses and broad-leafed weeds which could cause problems in a solar field.

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These vines were creeping up the inverter and heading for a fan....but not for long. The sheep discovered them immediately.

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The acreage is subdivided with temporary electric fence to optimize the impact of grazing activity.

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We are happy to answer your
questions about solar grazing.

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Contrary to popular belief, vegetation does grow under the solar panels, due to availability of moisture and sufficient sunlight. This photo shows how well the sheep clear it out.