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ASGA Call #54 Replay: June 1st, Cornell Solar Sheep Update with Pollinator and Vegetation Experts

By ASGA / June 3, 2022 /

The folks from Cornell are back with the latest updates on their ongoing solar grazing research project. Professors John Losey, an insect scientist, and Antonio DiTommaso, a weed scientist, led us through the latest results of research on solar grazing, with a particular focus on grazing’s impacts on pollinators and vegetation. They had some exciting…

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ASGA Call #53 Replay: May 4th, Presenting the New Solar Grazing Contract Template

By ASGA / May 6, 2022 /

Pace Law’s Food and Beverage Law Clinic has been working hard these last few months to update ASGA’s solar grazing contract template based on member feedback. During May’s webinar, Pace Law’s Gina Hervey, Andie D’Angelo, and Jonathan Brown presented the final revised contract and answered your questions about it. The original contract was developed in partnership between ASGA and the Pace…

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Sheep and Solar Panels: Using Solar Sites for Pastureland

By ASGA / May 5, 2022 /

This article was originally published on the Bay Journal website on May 3, 2022. by Ad Crable A solar power boom generated by new renewable energy mandates is unfurling in the Chesapeake Bay region. Virginia, for example, was ninth in the nation for new solar capacity in 2021. With many solar arrays ending up on…

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ASGA Call #52 Replay: April 6th, MNL on the Benefits of Solar Grazing for Soil Health and Carbon Sequestration

By ASGA / April 8, 2022 /

Audrey Lomax and Tom Karas of Minnesota Native Landscapes (MNL) lead a panel discussion on the results of their exciting new soil carbon research on solar grazing and ecosystem improvement showing how solar grazing improves soil quality and carbon sequestration as well as positively impacting plant biodiversity and pollinators. Audrey discussed MNL’s current work with solar…

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ASGA Call #51: Learn about Federal Agrivoltaics Research and Programs

By ASGA / March 7, 2022 /

Call Replay Available Hear from Zachary Eldredge with the US Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). He discussed the government’s agrivoltaics programs and recent developments in agrivoltaics engineering. → View presentation slides About the Speaker Zachary Eldredge is a Technology Manager for the Strategic Analysis and Institutional Support team, joining SETO in June 2019.  His projects are…

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ASGA Call #50: Large-Site Solar Grazing at Topaz Solar Farm

By ASGA / February 4, 2022 /

Call Replay Available For this month’s webinar, we’re heading west to hear all about grazing at the 550-megawatt Topaz Solar Farm in San Luis Obispo County, CA. Katie Brown from Althouse and Meade, Inc will talk about the development of this unique project, which was at the time of its completion the largest solar project in the world with over 9…

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NEW YORK STATE: Leading the flock

By ASGA / January 18, 2022 /

New York State is poised for an agrivoltaics revolution. But to get there, we’re going to need a lot of collaboration between agriculture and energy—and a lot more sheep. The River, Hudson Valley Newsroom Lissa Harris 9:00 AM EST on Jan 15, 2022 This story has been supported by the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization…

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Webinar: Large Scale Agrivoltaics: Solar Grazing on Utility Scale Solar Facilities in Western New York

By ASGA / January 14, 2022 /

Event hosted by USES-NY, please register through the provided link.  Part 1 of 2.   Feb 10, 2022. Start time 6 PM Eastern Time Part 2 will be beekeeping Description: In 2019, NYSERDA awarded a contract to EDF Renewables for the construction of its proposed Morris Ridge Solar Energy Center project, engineered to generate 177 megawatts of…

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ASGA Call #49: HAWAII: Community Solar & Solar Grazing

By ASGA / January 7, 2022 /

Call Replay Available Presenters: Nexamp’s Julie Beauchemin presented Community Solar Development in Hawaii and Olsen Enterprise’s Raia Olsen reported on Solar Grazing in Hawaii. Speakers:   Keith Hevenor, Director of Communications at Nexamp introduced Nexamp’s work with ASGA in 2021.   Click here or on the image below to access .pdf version of Keith’s presentation. Director of Business Development Julie Beauchamin at…

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Listen to Sheep + Solar, A Love Story

By ASGA / January 4, 2022 /

Outside/IN, “a show about the natural world and how we use it,” recently did an episode on sheep and solar. Below is an episode description shared on their website. Listen to the episode by clicking on the link below, visiting their website, or finding it wherever you get your podcasts. We all know that a…

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ASGA Call #48: Solar Grazing: Scaling Agrivoltaics and Associated Ecosystem Services

By ASGA / December 3, 2021 /

Call Replay Available Presenters: Silicon Ranch’s Michael Baute & Loran Shallenberger will present their Regenerative Energy programs and Churchtown Dairy farm manager Michael MacDonald reports on Solar Grazing and Water Quality. Speakers: Michael MacDonald, Farm Manager at Churchtown Dairy, a regenerative farm, and ASGA Advisor.  Working in the Hudson River Valley of New York State at a…

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ASGA Call #47: Solar sheep and soil health, plus American Farmland Trust talks agrivoltaics research

By ASGA / November 5, 2021 /

Call Replay Available Join Hosts Daniel Finnegan and Lexie Hain as they talk with American Farmland Trust-New England and the New Mexico Healthy Soils Working Group. With thanks to our sponsor & longtime collaborators at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University:  Special guest Law Professor Jonathan Brown, Director of the Food and Beverage Law Clinic at the Pace University Elisabeth Haub School…

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Bees, sheep, crops: Solar developers tout multiple benefits

By ASGA / November 4, 2021 /

The Associated Press captures essence of dual use movement; ABC News picks up this thread Solar is a renewable energy source that can help wean the world off fossil fuels that produce climate-warming gases By JOHN FLESHER and TAMMY WEBBER Associated Press November 4, 2021, 11:51 AM• 7 min read MONTICELLO, Minnesota — Silflower was among native…

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When these solar farms need their grass cut, they call in some woolly landscapers

By ASGA / October 21, 2021 /

10-21-216:00 AM WORLD CHANGING IDEAS BY KRISTIN TOUSSAINT 3 MINUTE READ On some solar farms in New York state, sheep act as landscapers, grazing among the solar panels to manage vegetation. It’s a way to manage industrial-scale solar arrays without the use of fossil fuel-powered equipment like lawn mowers, and it provides an opportunity for local farmers…

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ASGA Call #46: ASGA Talks about Overcoming Adversity in Solar Grazing

By ASGA / October 8, 2021 /

Call Replay Available The ASGA Board of Directors participate in a live panel event. Board members share stories of their experiences getting their first contracts to graze, gathering flocks, and other challenges of our business. Our presenter Board Members take questions. Presented by: Judy St Leger Daniel Finnegan Lewis Fox Trent Hendricks🇺🇸 Caleb Scott Lexie…

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ASGA Call #45: Oregon State’s NEWAg Lab

By ASGA / September 7, 2021 /

Call Replay Available Oregon State’s NEWAg Lab presents their Agrivoltaics Work Join Oregon State University’s NEWAg Lab  for a virtual introduction to their research on agrivoltaic systems! The NEWAg (Nexus of Energy, Water, and Agriculture) Lab, studies the physical, operational and geospatial connections in the energy-water-food nexus. NEWAg been studying agrivolatic (solar + agricutlure) systems since…

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