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ASGA Call #58 Replay: High Quality Forage & Cool-Season Hay at Solar Sites with Ohio State

By ASGA / September 12, 2022 /

For our September 2022 webinar (09/07), Christine Gelley and James Morris from Ohio State Extension gave us a fantastic, detailed presentation about their experiments with cool-season hay and other high quality forages (crimson clover, alfalfa, teff grass) as effective vegetative cover for solar sites. In addition to going over their results, they discussed the implications…

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The American Solar Grazing Association (ASGA) was appalled to learn of a case of alleged animal cruelty involving the deaths of 15 sheep on a solar electric site in Vermont

By ASGA / September 2, 2022 /

The American Solar Grazing Association was founded to research, identify, and promote best practices in animal husbandry and grazing on solar sites. ASGA was appalled to learn of a case of alleged animal cruelty involving the deaths of 15 sheep on a solar electric site in Vermont While we are not an enforcement agency, we…

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ASGA Call #57 Replay: NYSERDA’s New Dual-Use Strategies

By ASGA / August 11, 2022 /

Jeremy Wyble (NYSERDA) and Jessica Bacher (Pace Law) joined us to present NYSERDA’s recently-released 2022 Smart Solar Siting Scorecard. They discussed the strategies that the scorecard establishes for co-utilization solar projects, including solar grazing, and Jessica gave a very informative and detailed breakdown of the scorecard’s mechanics for dual-use and agrivoltaics. Jeremy and Jessica also…

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ASGA Call #56 Replay: July 13, SEIA Explains the U.S. Solar Panel Tariff Investigation

By ASGA / July 18, 2022 /

For this special second July call, Amir Yazdi from SEIA walked us through the anti-dumping tariff investigation on solar panel imports that has caused widespread disruptions to the solar industry. Amir answered our questions about the case and other trade cases related to solar, the future of imports, what SEIA is doing to support expanding…

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ASGA Call #55 Replay: July 5th, ASGA’s New Solar Grazing Map

By ASGA / July 9, 2022 /

Need to find a solar site to graze? Looking for graziers to bring their herds to your solar site? ASGA is launching a new version of our Solar Grazing Map to help you. With this tool you can search for farmers who are grazing, look up solar sites, and more. At this month’s webinar, we…

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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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