A new role for an ancient practice: Sheep are in demand to trim the grass at solar farms

A flock of sheep at a solar farm in Roxboro keep the grass trimmed, maximizing the amount of sunlight that reaches the solar panels. (Sophie Mallinson / Carolina Connection)

North Carolina has a growing number of solar farms, but many of these high-tech power systems are built on traditional farmland. To bring animals back to those lands, farmers and others are embracing “solar grazing” – using sheep to mow solar farms to combine new technology with ancient practices.

Sophie Mallinson reports.

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