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Oberlin sheep grazing team to reduce solar mowing costs by more than 44%

Some 70 Katahdin breed sheep were dropped off on campus this week at Oberlin’s 10-acre fenced-in North Field. There they will graze through mid-June, stomping grass and weeding the solar field in a move aimed at reducing operations and maintenance costs.

“Drone in the box” for thousandths of a cent per kilowatt hour

Raptor Maps is developing a drone and software package for ongoing, on-site visual and thermal intelligence at utility-scale solar facilities.

Iberdrola using dogs, robots to monitor solar plants

Iberdrola is using a springer spaniel in a solar park to smell electrical problems that could lead to power cuts. It is also using a robotic dog to detect and analyze faults in substations.

Solar grazing methods a centerpiece of inaugural agrivoltaics conference 

The first U.S. agrivoltaics conference took place March 14 to 15, 2023 in Rosemont, Illinois, as sheep grazers sat amongst seed vendors and community solar project developers. On the first day of the conference, the Solar Farm Summit recorded 460 attendees, while speaking to pv magazine USA, executive producer Dan French said the number is likely above 500 strong.  

Nine-year old Texas solar farm gets an upgrade

A lot has changed in tracker technology in the past decade, so in upgrading its Alamo plants, OCI Solar Power completely replaced the old tracker with a new state-of-the-art system, all while keeping the plant energized.

Dronebase rebrands as Zeitview to scale aerial solar scanning

Zeitview issues real-time ratings from A to D for operational solar projects of 1 MW and larger.

Soiling – a multibillion-dollar issue for the solar industry

A new report by the International Energy Agency’s Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA-PVPS) estimates that lost revenue from PV module soiling amounts to more than $3.2 billion per year, an amount that is only set to increase as PV systems grow larger and more efficient.


Are sheep eligible for the ITC?

Most professionals believe that sheep are not Investment Tax Credit eligible because they’re not considered integral components of a solar plant, others suggest pushing the argument that a taxpayers’ patriotic duty is to challenge the tax code on behalf of sheep.


BayWa r.e. optimizes business model for agrivoltaics

BayWa r.e. has begun optimizing its sheep count while experimenting with shepherd partnership business models.


Sunrise brief: Agrivoltaics co-locates solar and agriculture, yielding mutual benefit

Also on the rise: Bi-directional charging approved for Nissan LEAF in the U.S.  PVH to open solar tracker manufacturing plant in Texas. And more.

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