Solar Company Expands Sheep Grazing Program

Community solar provider Nexamp kicked off a new solar grazing program recently with the deployment of approximately 150 sheep on its solar farm in Newfield, N.Y. The sheep will be used to provide sustainable vegetation management at the site throughout the growing season. Solar grazing provides a variety of important benefits to the sheep farmer, the sheep, the community and the solar farm developer.

"Subscribers get involved with our community solar program for two reasons - they save money on their electricity costs and they support the growth of clean, renewable energy in their local community," said Zaid Ashai, Nexamp chief executive officer. "Because sustainability is such a key part of our DNA as a community solar provider, the ability to further reduce carbon emissions with solar grazing is very appealing. We no longer have gas-powered equipment running on the site and we are able to provide a steady stream of income to the sheep farmers while the sheep enjoy a safe, healthy environment in which to graze."

More sheep are being placed at the 30-acre Newfield site as the season progresses. Nexamp also is implementing solar grazing with more than 40 sheep already at its site in Seneca, N.Y., and soon will be starting the program at its Upton, Mass., location. With dozens of projects across the Northeast, solar grazing is poised to play a significant role in Nexamp's plan for site maintenance in the future.

Solar grazing takes community solar to the next level by extending the benefits of the program beyond subscribers to farmers and their sheep. Nexamp will continue to expand the solar grazing program throughout 2019, developing agreements with local farmers in other communities to meet vegetation management needs in a sustainable approach with sheep.

Source: Nexamp