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Electric sheep: Grazing in arrays supports economy, climate | News

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ITHACA — As industrial-size solar installations pop up throughout New York state, residents fear the loss of agricultural land.

Lexie Hain has a simple solution: sheep.

“Sheep will rest in the shade of a solar panel just as well as under a tree; they don’t care,” said Hain, a farmer in the Finger Lakes region and executive director of the American Solar Grazing Association, a nonprofit trade group that connects solar companies with shepherds.

Solar grazing is good for several reasons. Companies benefit by managing their landscapes without using fossil fuels, shepherds earn money for grazing their livestock and New Yorkers gain clean energy while keeping land in agricultural production.

Now a Cornell researcher is partnering with farmers, solar companies and the American Solar Grazing…

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