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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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Sheep Help Restore Native Prairie Habitat On Waseca Solar Farm

By ASGA / August 24, 2021 /

A new idea is blending energy and agriculture to power some of our neighbor’s homes. Nokomis Energy has dozens of renewable energy projects across the Twin Cities that serve Xcel Energy customers. But it’s piloting a new project that blends solar energy and sheep on Minnesota land. July 27, 2021 Erin Hassanzadeh, WCCO CBS Minnesota Nestled…

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ASGA Call #44: Solar Grazing with Nexamp & Texas Native Seeds talks solar

By ASGA / August 8, 2021 /

Call Replay Available Check out two great presentations by  Nexamp’s Ryan Kelliher Solar Grazing: The On-Ramp to Agrivoltaics  & Native Seeds for Texas Solar Projects? A proposal for solar by East Texas Native Seeds, presented by Tyler Wayland  ASGA hosts: Caleb Scott of Scott Land Yard Group; VP of ASGA & Lexie Hain  PRESENTERS Ryan Kelliher,  Program Manager, Research & Innovation, Nexamp Ryan started his solar career…

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ASGA Call #43: July 7, 2021. North Carolina Solar Grazing

By ASGA / July 15, 2021 /

Highlights and Lessons from the team at NC Choices + Carolina Solar Services Call Replay Available You’ll learn about the Beginning Farmer Project produced Solar Grazing Budget by NC Choices Team and the support and training received by participating farmers in the form of: Technical support from a team of subject matter experts from North Carolina State University,North Carolina Agricultural and Technical…

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ASGA Call #42: Bee the Change, VT and Solar Grazing Trial, California

By ASGA / June 3, 2021 /

Call Replay Available: Announcing the debut of the solar beekeeping contract: Join ASGA, American Beekeeping Federation, and Fresh Energy at the live webinar on June 22, 2021. >> Click here to register for the event. Our presenters for this call were Mike Kiernan, Founder of Bee the Change, Vermont; Russ Young, Head of Operations for Engie, Renewables; and Emma Kampherbeek, Master’s Student…

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ASGA Call #41: Solar Grazing in Kentucky

By ASGA / May 15, 2021 /

Call Replay Available: Hear from our three fantastic presenters: Aron Patrick,  Kelley Yates and Michael Moore. Our topic for this call is Solar Grazing In Kentucky: a unique collaboration.  Watch the lambcam and get excited! Your hosts: Judy St Leger of Dutch Barn Farm & Lexie Hain  About our presenters: Aron Patrick is the manager of Technology Research and Analysis for LG&E and KU. Aron is responsible…

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New York funds a study to learn how grazing can benefit solar installations

By ASGA / May 12, 2021 /

Sheep and solar farms can exist symbiotically, and the American Solar Grazing Association says that now is the time to convert that relationship into a full-scale industry.MAY 12, 2021 TIM SYLVIA https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2021/05/12/new-york-funds-a-study-to-learn-how-grazing-can-benefit-solar-installations/ Image: American Solar Grazing Association The American Solar Grazing Association is taking on a two-year project to collect and analyze data on the agricultural,…

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