Sheepish solar symbiosis: Two very different industries work together on the green energy transition


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In rural Chisago County, clippers buzz and wool falls like snow as a flock of about 100 sheep gets a haircut. 

These animals, owned by Cannon Valley Graziers aren’t on a sheep farm. They are visiting a solar farm, and after their date with the shearer, they are here to work. 

Freed from the pen several ewes congregate under nearby solar arrays, chomping away at weeds and grass. U.S. Solar, which owns multiple sites, contracts with Cannon Valley Graziers, to keep the land tidy.  

This is solar grazing — the practice of using sheep to manage the vegetation on large-scale solar sites. 

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